Girardi: Granderson's strikeouts not a concern

Girardi: Granderson's strikeouts not a concern

NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson came to New York in 2010, fell in love with Yankee Stadium's short porch in right field, and has since established himself as one of baseball's better power hitters.

Granderson has always hit for power -- he averaged more than 23 home runs per year between 2006 and 2009, his four complete seasons with Detroit. But as the center fielder's power numbers have increased in New York, so have his strikeouts.

In 2011, Granderson struck out 169 times, the second-highest total of his career. In 2012, just one game removed from the All-Star break, he already has 101, including two on Friday night.

"I don't get too caught up in it because of the type of hitter he is," manager Joe Girardi said. "If he was a singles hitter striking out all the time, you might look at it a little bit differently."

Granderson is on pace to surpass 40 home runs -- he had 23 entering Saturday -- and Girardi said that he views the high strikeout rate as a trade-off for power and production.

"You try to understand what your player is, and you understand that everything's not going to be perfect," Girardi said.

"I look at an out as an out. You don't want guys to always strike out, but sometimes you hit into double plays where a strikeout might be more productive, in a sense. So I don't get too concerned about it."