Sunday, April 14, 2013
Grandy, Nunez & the lineup
By Matt Ehalt
Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson (forearm) shagged some fly balls at Yankee Stadium on Sunday as he continued his rehab. The outfielder threw for the first time this week since breaking his forearm in February, tossing from 60 feet 25 times Thursday and Saturday.
Granderson had told the Associated Press he may have been able to start swinging this week, but he has not done so yet. Granderson said he would start swinging in Florida, where he's done all of his rehab.
"They want the throwing all to be first. The swinging was something that could happen, the timetable of when was to be determined," Granderson said. "After further considerations with the doctors and trainer here and in Florida, it was once the throwing was good to go, we'll start swinging."
A return on May 1 had been mentioned for Granderson, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi believes that might be too soon. Granderson would have to get the proper at-bats, games and defensive work before returning. Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long told Granderson he needs 50 to 70 at-bats during his rehab.
"I think (May 1) is probably maybe a little quick. I don't know," Girardi said. "You basically have to see how a guy's rehab goes. He hasn't swung a bat yet and today's April 14. Until he swings a bat we're not really going to have an idea."
During spring training, Granderson had been preparing to switch to left field, but after his injury, those plans were scrapped and he will continue in center. Girardi confirmed with Granderson a few weeks ago that was still the case, as current center fielder Brett Gardner will instead move to left.
"All my work has been in center field down in Florida," Granderson said before the Yankees faced the Orioles. "And we'll continue out there again today."
NUNEZ OUT: Infielder Eduardo Nunez (wrist) is feeling better but will miss his second straight game Sunday. Nunez left Friday's game after being hit by a pitch and suffering a right wrist contusion.
The infielder threw Sunday and will swing Monday in hopes of a return Tuesday against Arizona. Nunez said he could be used as a pinch-runner or to play defense in the late innings Sunday. Without Nunez on Saturday, the Yankees used Robinson Cano at shortstop and catcher Francisco Cervelli at second base in the ninth inning due to a depleted roster.
LINEUP: The Yankees have an unusual lineup Sunday as they face left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. Cano has moved from the second spot to third, while Vernon Wells has moved to second. Ben Francisco is batting fifth while Brennan Boesch hits sixth, meaning Ichiro Suzuki and Travis Hafner have the day off.
Girardi explained that with the lefty on the hill, he decided to move Wells, a right-hander, up in the order. Putting Wells between leadoff hitter Brett Gardner and Cano prevents consecutive lefties at the top of the Yankees order.