Joe Girardi doesn’t subscribe to the theory that if Brett Gardner is the center fielder, it means he will be an every-day player.

Though the Yankees manager would like to be able to put Gardner in the lineup against right-handers and left-handers, he isn’t opposed to returning Curtis Granderson to center field if Gardner has to sit.

That could hinder Granderson getting comfortable in left, but everything seems to be in play when it comes to Girardi’s experiment, which will be on display for the first time today.

When the Yankees host the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field this afternoon, Gardner will be in center field and Granderson in left.

Girardi is using exhibition games to see if that alignment will provide better defense and help the Yankees save runs now that they are expected to score less than the 804 they did a year ago after watching roughly 100 home runs vanish.