TAMPA, Fla. -- The Binder was on display in all its glory today when Joe Girardi finally decided to do what he has been hinting at all spring, flip-flopping Curtis Granderson and Brett Gardner in center and left. That topic consumed most of the manager's post-workout interview and there is a news story that deals with this in detail. Here are the leftover tidbits:
1. NO, JOSH HAMILTON IS NOT WALKING THROUGH THAT DOOR: Girardi acknowledged he did not announce the position shift earlier in the spring, or during the winter even, because he was still waiting to see who was going to be on his roster. "You make a couple of signings, then you have to change, so you kind of have to wait and see who you’re going to have," he said.
2. LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE: Girardi was a witness to Hiroki Kuroda's live BP session, in which both Juan Rivera and Ichiro Suzuki hit long home runs, after which Ichiro elaborately doffed his helmet and bowed to the cheering crowd and said "Thank you" in English. Girardi didn't mention the home runs but did say, "Hiroki threw strikes." He certainly did.
3. HUGHES FEELS BETTER: So says Girardi, who added, "That's a good sign for me." Hughes did not appear in the clubhouse during media access today.
4. WE'RE GOING TO DISNEYWORLD!: That would be Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez, the only three regulars Girardi named as making the trip to Kissimmee for the preseason opener against the Braves on Saturday. Tex and Cano, both of whom are leaving to play in the WBC the first week of March, will play in most of the games between now and then, including road games.