The speedster played just 16 games last year before suffering a season-ending elbow injury diving for a ball. The Yankees planned to experiment with him in center field and Curtis Granderson in left this spring, but then Granderson got hurt. Now, Gardner will likely start the year in center and then shift back to left when Granderson returns in a couple months. When healthy, Gardner will play good defense, get on base and use his speed to pester opposing pitchers (47 steals in 2010; 49 in 2011).
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