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Friday, May 30, 2014
TC explains Abreu in left, CY left out

By Adam Rubin

PHILADELPHIA -- Before the series began, Terry Collins already had scripted for Bobby Abreu to start Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. And Chris Young's two-hit game Thursday, which included a two-run homer, did not prompt the manager to deviate from his original plan.

Collins reasoned that lefties are hitting .297 with a .426 OBP and righties are hitting .228 with a .279 OBP against Phillies right-hander A.J. Burnett.

Collins also cited the lefty-hitting Abreu's career numbers against Burnett: .316 with two homers, 12 RBIs and a .411 OBP in 90 plate appearances. Burnett has faced Abreu more than any other batter in the right-hander's career.

As for placing Curtis Granderson in right field and Abreu in left field, Collins said he wanted to disrupt as few players as possible, and Granderson's primary position is right field. The manager added that left field is relatively simple to play at Citizens Bank Park, even if Abreu has played right (1,974 games) more than left (137) in his career. UPDATE: Abreu has been switched to right field, with Granderson playing left field.

On the mend: Gonzalez Germen, who currently is on the disabled list, is starting to get back on the mound, according to Collins. He has been dealing with an abscess. "The infection is starting to get cleaned up," Collins said.