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Vernon Wells isn't worried about future role

Vernon Wells of the Yankees celebrates his eighth-inning,

Vernon Wells of the Yankees celebrates his eighth-inning, three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. (April 3 2013) Credit: Jim McIsaac

CLEVELAND -- Vernon Wells is off to as good a start in pinstripes as just about anyone could have hoped.

The veteran outfielder, who is hitting .360 with two homers and four RBIs, obviously hopes to continue that as long as possible. But one thing he says he isn't worried about is what happens when Curtis Granderson returns from the disabled list.

At that point, Granderson, still on pace to return in early May, will play centerfield and Brett Gardner likely will get most of the time in left. Then again, if Wells continues producing and Granderson or Gardner struggles, perhaps Wells' playing time won't drop that significantly after all.

"I don't even know what's going to happen tomorrow,'' Wells said. "With Curtis, I know the recovery is going well and we need him here. We need everybody back.""And whoever's in that lineup, whoever's called on that day is going to go out and contribute. That's the beauty about this team. It's a bunch of good guys, guys who truly care about the pinstripes and not each individual's stats . . . I have to answer the bell when I'm asked to.'' Jeter-Grandy updateDerek Jeter, after running sprints Tuesday and Wednesday and taking batting practice outside Wednesday, had the day off but still showed up at the minor-league complex for treatment. The shortstop, rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle, is expected to be back on the field Friday and Saturday.

Granderson (broken right forearm) has had his brace removed and threw for the first time in his rehab, taking a combined 48 tosses from 60 and 90 feet. Joe Girardi called that "encouraging'' but did not have a timetable for when Granderson will appear in a rehab game.Early departuresWith last night's forecast dire and the possibility that the game would last into the wee hours (the game eventually was rained out), Joe Girardi sent tonight's starter, CC Sabathia, to New York. He was accompanied by Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte, who both came early Thursday, did their off-day throwing and headed for the airport.

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