Granderson's role may vary upon return

Granderson's role may vary upon return

NEW YORK -- With the Yankees suffering no shortage of production from Vernon Wells in left field, it is not a foregone conclusion in manager Joe Girardi's mind that Brett Gardner will be going back to left from center when Curtis Granderson comes off the DL.

"We might toy around with some other things," said Girardi on Sunday. "Left, right, [DH] things.  

"[Granderson] is getting reps everywhere right now (in extended spring action in Tampa, Fla.). My concern is how he reacts to all the different spots.

"We'll decide that as time goes on. We just want to get him healthy. Grandy is going to play, he is a big part of our offense. But as we see around here, a lot can happen in a couple weeks."

Granderson was hit on the triceps muscle with a pitch on Saturday, his fourth day of work in Florida, but suffered no setback. He probably will be the closest of the Yankees' everyday players on the DL to return. Alex Rodriguez (left hip surgery) and Mark Teixeira (torn sheath in his right arm) will be flying to Tampa on Monday to begin their rehabilitations under Yankees supervision.

"I thought we had a chartered flight going there, actually," joked Girardi. [Francisco Cervelli] (fractured right hand) is already there and I have to check about [Ivan Nova].

"I get little updates, but the update I don't want to hear is that we had a setback. If we don't have a setback, I don't get too worried about it. I know there are a lot of big people there, I understand that, but that is not going to be the focus of my day. The focus is the people in this room right now."

The Yankees have 10 players on the DL.

Jay Greenberg is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.