- Posted: 4:19 PM, February 12, 2010
Not only competing with Randy Winn and Marcus Thames for playing time, Gardner’s future may also hinge on Curtis Granderson. The Yankees plan to look at possibly moving Granderson, the All-Star center fielder acquired in an offseason trade with Detroit, to left and play Gardner in center.
“I’ll just wait and see what happens,” Gardner said on Friday. “Go into spring training, stay healthy, do the best that I can. Hopefully have a good spring and do well enough for them to feel like I need be to out there everyday no matter where I’m at.”
Gardner had been working out indoors near his South Carolina home before moving his pre-spring training sessions to Florida.
“I’ve just been hitting a lot, been bunting a lot,” Gardner said. “That’s the good thing about hitting off a (pitching) machine, I can bunt 50, 100 balls in 15 or 20 minutes. I’ve been working on that a lot more and trying to come bring that back into my game.”
The speedy 26-year-old plans to spent time doing drills in right field.
“You never know what might happen,” Gardner said. “It’s never a bad thing being able to play some different positions well. I just need to continue to work on that and where they want to put me I’ll be happy.”
Gardner hit in a batting cage Friday with shortstop Derek Jeter. He also got the chance to talk with a number of other teammates, including Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes, after his first workout at the Yankees’ minor league complex.
“I think we have a good mix of guys,” Gardner said. “We’ve got a lot of guys fighting for playing time. I’m sure everybody is anxious to get started.”