As well as having Granderson and Rodriguez on the sidelines, the Yankees will also be without Russell Martin, Raul Ibanez, Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, and Andruw Jones from last year’s teams as all of these players have moved on to other MLB teams. In Jones; case, he’s left the continent and will be continuing his baseball career in Japan. These players combined for 155 home runs for New York last season.
Girardi realizes the team won’t be able to rely on the long ball as much this year and will have to produce runs in a more creative manner. With so many of last season’s players leaving the team, Girardi will be giving a long look to some non-roster players in spring training. These include Juan Rivera, Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa, Adonis Garcia, and Matt Diaz.
Brian Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager, said it’s too early to tell who will and won’t make the team this spring since the preseason games just got underway. He said the team’s scouts will be busy looking at players in their own organization as well as across the league. Granderson received a call from Happ after breaking his arm to see how he was doing and said he realizes it was just an accident as the pitcher was just trying to pitch him inside.
Granderson said what’s done is done and he had no control over the situation, so he’s just going to move forward and keep himself in shape mentally and physically. He added that nothing has changed in the long run other than the date of his season opener.
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