For the second time this season the Yankees will welcome Curtis Granderson back to the lineup. The Yankees and their fans are hoping that this time Granderson is here to stay.
Granderson, who hit 41 and 43 homers, over the past two seasons, suffered a fractured left hand during his first spring training at-bat which kept him off the field until May 14. After returning from injury the Yankees outfielder only lasted eight games before, in a stroke of horribly bad luck, Granderson was hit by yet another pitch, leaving the outfielder with a fractured left pinkie. In the eight games Granderson has played with the Yankees this season he batted .250 (7-for-28) with a homer and an RBI.
Now, with Granderson’s return on the horizon the question for Yankee’s manager Joe Girardi is where does he play the talented Yankees outfielder?
With Brett Gardener having a very good year in center field, most believe that Granderson will become the Yankees everyday left fielder, effectively making Alfonso Soriano a full time DH. While this makes a lot of sense, it will certainly leave Girardi with few opportunities to get Derek jeter, and some of the other aging Yankees some rest by keeping the DH spot open.
During five rehab games with Double-A Trenton Granderson was 4-for-15 with a triple and three walks.