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Posted on: March 30, 2011 5:24 pm
 

Granderson plays well, ready for opening day

By Matt Snyder

Assuming there aren't any setbacks in pregame warmups, Curtis Granderson will man center field for the Yankees when they open the 2011 season against the Tigers Thursday afternoon.

The 30 year old was battling back from a strained oblique muscle. Initially, it was thought he might have to miss several games, then later Granderson stated he would be back sometime in the first series. Wednesday, Granderson played in a minor-league game and went 2-5 with two doubles, playing five innings in center field. (New York Daily News via Twitter) After which, it was determined he looked and felt good enough that he's going to be inserted into the opening day starting lineup.

Granderson hit .247 with 24 home runs, 67 RBI and a .792 OPS last season, his first as a Yankee.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: March 25, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Yankees roundup: Garcia, Molina, more

By Matt Snyder

Some short Yankees notes as we watch spring wind down (Hat-tip to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com for some info):

- There hasn't been a final decision yet on the fifth rotation spot, but it's very likely that both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon make the team. The best bet is Garcia lands the starting job with Colon going to the bullpen as a long reliever.

- With Francisco Cervelli injured and Jesus Montero having a dreadful defensive spring, Gustavo Molina (pictured right) is the odds-on favorite to win the backup catcher job out of camp. Remember, Jorge Posada is slated as the designated hitter going into the season and Russell Martin is now the starter behind the dish. Montero and Austin Romine will be sent to the minors to begin the season.

- Kevin Millwood will initially head to Triple-A, but he's out on May 1 if not on the big-league roster. He's basically insurance against Ivan Nova (the No. 4 starter) or Garcia not working out. And, of course, there could be injuries.

- It's still a possibility that Curtis Granderson will open the season on the disabled list, but no certainty. If he does, expect newly-acquired Chris Dickerson to be in the center-field mix. The Yankees could shift Brett Gardner to center and use Andruw Jones in left, or plug Dickerson into center.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Injured oblique may land Granderson on DL

By Matt Snyder

This much we know: Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson has a strained right oblique muscle, as confirmed by an MRI Wednesday. From there, things get a bit cloudy.

Multiple reports Wednesday had Granderson as "maybe" being out for opening day or "maybe" being ready to play by then. The latest report brings the worst news, though, which is that Granderson may be forced to start the season on the disabled list. (Star Ledger )

The move could be made retroactively to when Granderson last appeared in the spring, meaning he'd be eligible to join the team April 4 -- which would mean the Yankees would be without their center fielder for only one series.

Granderson noted that it's most important to be healthy for the marathon of the season, not just the beginning of it.

"As exciting as [opening day] is, and as important as that is, it's still just one game out of this whole 162-game season," he told the Star Ledger.

The report likened the injury to Joba Chamberlain's recent oblique issue. He returned to action after 11 days.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Yankees sign Jones

Andruw Jones
As has been expected for the past week, the Yankees have signed Andruw Jones to be their fourth outfielder. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has confirmed that Jones will get $2 million with another $1.2 million in incentives.

In recent years Jones, 33, hasn't been anywhere near the numbers he put up in his prime, as he's batted .212/.312/.412 since 2007 with the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers and White Sox. But when healthy he's still a plus defensive player and he still has pretty good pop, hitting 19 homers last season in just 278 at-bats. His right-handed bat is a good fit with the Yankees, whose starters include two left-handers (Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson) and a switch hitter (Nick Swisher). Jones batted .256 against left-handers last season.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:26 pm
 

Cashman says no room for Damon

The Yankees did indeed talk with Johnny Damon, as reported Wednesday, but general manager Brian Cashman said it was just a part of the team's vetting of all free agents and there's not really a place for Damon to return to the Bronx.

"It's something we do with every free agent," Cashman said in a radio interview. "I can't tell you if anything's going to happen there. There's not a clear role for him here.''

The Yankees are set with Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher in the outfield, and Jorge Posada is getting ready to transition to designated hitter, so it doesn't seem there would be much playing time for Damon, who still sees himself as an everyday player.

"I'm trying to get a utility infielder, I'm trying to get a right-handed hitting outfielder, I'm trying to get a starter and I'm trying to get a reliever,'' said Cashman, who also shot down rumors he was pursuing Freddy Garcia and Brandon Webb. "I'm working on things, but they have to make sense for us.''

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:12 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Yankees have talked to Damon about a return

Johnny Damon The Yankees have talked to Johnny Damon about a return to the Bronx, Newsday 's Ken Davidoff writes .

Davidoff notes four sources indicated the two sides have talked about bringing Damon back to New York where he'd serve a part-time role as a backup designated hitter (behind Jorge Posada), as well as in left field, where he could spell Brett Gardner, or allow Garner to fill-in at center for Curtis Granderson or in right for Nick Swisher.

Damon, however, is looking for more guaranteed playing time.

Damon played with the Yankees from 2006-2009 before leaving for a one-year deal with the Tigers.

Damon hit .271/.355/.401 with eight home runs and 51 RBI for Detroit last season.

UPDATE: On his blog , Davidoff says he wouldn't bet on the reunion happening, but does see Damon in the American League East, perhaps with the Rays or Orioles. He notes Damon wanted to go to the Cardinals, but then the team signed Lance Berkman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 29, 2010 7:53 pm
 

Yankees want to win division

Joe Girardi At one point, the Yankees said they weren't worried about winning the American League East title -- instead, they just wanted to make the playoffs.

Hours after clinching a postseason spot, manager Joe Girardi changed course, rolling out a lineup full of regulars, minus Jorge Posada, Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner.

"You see our lineup," Girardi told reporters, including the Star-Ledger 's Marc Carig . "We're playing to win this division. We'll be smart about it, but we're still playing to win this division."

The Yankees are a half-game behind the Rays, who finish their home schedule tonight against the Orioles before heading to Kansas City for four games.

In that push to win the division, Girardi announced Andy Pettitte would start Friday in Boston, followed by A.J. Burnett on Saturday, but didn't announce a starter for Sunday's season-finale.

If the Yankees don't win the division, they'll play the Twins in the first round. If they win the division, they'd play the Rangers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Lowell hit in head, but seems OK

Mike Lowell is just over a week away from retirement, so this is no time for bad hops.

An errant ground ball off the bat of the Yankees' Curtis Granderson jumped up and hit the Red Sox first baseman in the right temple Friday night (it's been going around today), dropping him to the ground. After a minute or so, he regained his feet and stayed in the game.

Let's be careful out there, Mike. Pretend you're in one of those movies where the cop is a week away from his pension and walks around muttering "I'm too old for this $!#@."

UPDATE: Lowell came out of the game after finishing the inning. Hopefully it's just a precaution with the Red Sox up 10-1 in a meaningless game. Well, as meaningless as a Yankees-Red Sox game can be.

-- David Andriesen

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