Brett Gardner showed up in Tampa for a workout Friday and talked about what’s ahead of him in spring training – primarily trying to win a starting job.
"I'll just wait and see what happens," Gardner said in Tampa, according to the Associated Press. "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."
Randy Winn and Marcus Thames are expected to compete with Gardner for playing time, but what hasn’t been determined is where exactly the Yankees see Gardner. Joe Girardi stated again on Friday, this time on WFAN, that he’s open to Curtis Granderson playing left and Gardner, if he performs in the spring, in center.
"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 said he’d been working out indoors in South Carolina, his offseason home, before heading 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."