ARLINGTON -- The suggestion that Curtis Granderson just might be having a disappointing first season as a Yankee refuses to be accepted in the manager's office, where Joe Girardi preaches confidence that there can be a turnaround in store.
Granderson was not in the lineup on Tuesday with the Yankees facing left-hander C.J. Wilson, coming one day after Granderson went hitless in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox that included a seventh-inning strikeout with the bases loaded and none out.
Girardi pointed out that while Granderson's at-bat may have hurt the Yankees in an inning where they ultimately did not score, New York was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and Granderson was just one of those outs. Still, Granderson's .206 batting average against lefties remains a red flag.
"It seems like everyone wants to jump on Grandy," Girardi said. "As I've said, I think his at-bats off left-handers have not been horrible. He's hit some balls hard and he's hit some balls to the track. We think that he's improved."
In fact, Girardi said that he is mulling playing Granderson on Wednesday when the Yankees face ace lefty Cliff Lee, a pitcher against whom Granderson has had some success.
Granderson is 12-for-42 (.300) with two doubles and a home run against Lee, and could jump in with the Yankees resting Brett Gardner and playing Austin Kearns in left field.
"I'm just trying to go up there and continue to get the feel," Granderson said. "That's been my theme and my philosophy all season long. There's really nothing that I've done differently or drastically. I'm just trying to go up there and continue to get my work in, day-in, day-out. The same routine I've had since Spring Training."