Curtis Granderson has been rehabbing his broken arm in extended spring training and played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders yesterday. He played seven innings and went 1-for-3, hitting two ground balls and singling in the sixth. He started in right field, but only had to make two plays - fielding a double in the corner and picking up a bloop single. It will take a few games before Granderson is deemed ready to play a full nine innings. He will be getting playing time at all three outfield positons.
He spoke briefly about working on his fielding, mostly concerning his need to get used to being in a different position, but he has no concerns over his ability to play anywhere.
Now that he has finally started his rehab assignment it won't be long before he's back with the Yankees. His return means that someone on the current roster is about to be given the boot. The obvious choice would be Ben Francisco, but since he occupies the role of 'lefty masher' off the bench, it will more likely be Brennan Boesch. The Yankees dislike DFAing veterans and Boesch can actually still be optioned down.
The Yankees had planned on moving Granderson out of centerfield in favor of Brett Gardner, but after he broke his arm the plan was scrapped. So far in 2013, Gardner has logged 269 innings in centerfield, has committed no errors and currently has a UZR of three. Now it seems that the original plan has been reinstated and Granderson will move to left field upon his return. This would mean that one of Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki would be relegated to part-time duty.
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