Curtis Granderson, who fractured his right forearm in February, will make his season debut Tuesday night against the Mariners. Granderson will play left field and bat fourth in the lineup. Granderson, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, has been rehabbing with Triple A Scranton/Wiles-Barre, where he played five games and batted .400 (8-for-20) with a home run and three RBIs. In his five games, he started two games in right field, two games in left field and one as DH. Granderson has played center field for the majority of his nine-year career, and hasn't made a start in left field since Sept. 2, 2007 when he was with the Tigers. The Yankees planned to have Granderson and speedy Brett Gardner switch between center and left in spiring training to determine who would play where in the regular season. That experiment was scrapped when Granderson was injured on his very first plate appearance which forced him to miss 11 weeks. His first plate appearance of the season will be against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez, whom Granderson has batted .273 (15-for-55) against with two home runs three RBIs and 20 strikeouts. Granderson is making $15 million this season after the Yankees picked up his club option. It was $13 million but he got a bonus for finishing fourth in the AL MVP voting. Granderson had a career-high 43 home runs to go along with 106 RBIs and a .232 batting average. The position switch could hurt his value in free agency this offseason as center fielders are more sought after than corner outfielders.
Granderson batting cleanup, playing left field for Yanks tonight
New York Post | May 14