The New York Yankees are getting designated hitter Travis Hafner back in the lineup today after he missed four games with a shoulder injury, and the Yankees will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays with the corner outfield duo of Vernon Wells in left and Curtis Granderson in right field. Per LoHud.com’s Chad Jennings, this will be Granderson’s first career start in right field despite 1,046 starts in his career. Now that’s a great stat.
It sounds like the Yankees are doing everything they can to get the struggling Ichiro Suzuki out of the starting lineup, whilst also trying to give Hafner, Wells, and Granderson as much playing time together. We’ll see how Grandy does in right field, but I’m sure he’ll hold up fine, because he has the arm to gun down runners at third.
Granderson has played in 15 of 18 innings this season at LF since joining the team for the first time this year on Tuesday, so this is definitely a sign that the Yankees will continue to limit Suzuki’s playing time going forward, and it’s really all for the better at this point. Activated from the disabled list on Tuesday for the first time this season, Granderson has reached base five times in just 12 plate appearances, so he’s off to a great start this season.