ARLINGTON -- The suggestion that Curtis Granderson just might be having a disappointing first season as a Yankee refuses to be accepted in the manager's office, where Joe Girardi preaches confidence that there can be a turnaround in store.
Granderson was not in the lineup on Tuesday with the Yankees facing left-hander C.J. Wilson, coming one day after Granderson went hitless in a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox that included a seventh-inning strikeout with the bases loaded and none out.
Girardi pointed out that while Granderson's at-bat may have hurt the Yankees in an inning where they ultimately did not score, New York was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and Granderson was just one of those outs. Still, Granderson's .206 batting average against lefties remains a red flag.
"It seems like everyone wants to jump on Grandy," Girardi said. "As I've said, I think his at-bats off left-handers have not been horrible. He's hit some balls hard and he's hit some balls to the track. We think that he's improved."
In fact, Girardi said that he is mulling playing Granderson on Wednesday when the Yankees face ace lefty Cliff Lee, a pitcher against whom Granderson has had some success.
Granderson is 12-for-42 (.300) with two doubles and a home run against Lee, and could jump in with the Yankees resting Brett Gardner and playing Austin Kearns in left field.
"I'm just trying to go up there and continue to get the feel," Granderson said. "That's been my theme and my philosophy all season long. There's really nothing that I've done differently or drastically. I'm just trying to go up there and continue to get my work in, day-in, day-out. The same routine I've had since Spring Training."
With sore shoulder, Posada sits out Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was not available to play Tuesday with irritation in his right shoulder.
Manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees' 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Rangers that he stayed away from using Posada, who reported some discomfort after making a throw on Monday in New York.
"He told me the throw he made yesterday irritated his shoulder a little bit," Girardi said. "I don't think it's anything serious, but I've got to be careful. When Jorgie tells you something is irritated, it's usually irritated."
Girardi was tempted to use Posada in the eighth inning, as the Yankees had the go-ahead run on base with one out and backup Francisco Cervelli coming up.
But Girardi said Posada's shoulder, as well as his 1-for-10 career numbers with five strikeouts against Texas reliever Frank Francisco, kept Posada on the bench as Cervelli popped out weakly to first base.
Girardi said that he would have been able to use Posada in an emergency and it is possible Posada could play Wednesday.
"I'm hoping just the one day off and he's fine," Girardi said. "We'll have to check with him [Wednesday]. We thought about using him, but you have to think about it. When Jorgie says something, he feels it. He's had trouble off [Francisco]. I chose not to do it."
Fever, cold don't keep Cano out long
ARLINGTON -- Robinson Cano was knocked out of the Yankees' starting lineup against the Rangers on Tuesday with a fever and cold, but played the final five innings in New York's 4-3, 10-inning loss.
Cano said that he began feeling ill before the Yankees' game on Monday at Yankee Stadium, going hitless in three at-bats with a walk. A four-hour flight to Texas did not seem to help matters.
"I'm a little down today," Cano said before the game. "I don't want to take a chance and go in and have to be taken out of the game. I don't feel good."
Cano said that he would take it easy before Tuesday's game, staying off the field and only hitting in the cages during batting practice. But he entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning for Ramiro Pena, grounding out there before singling in the ninth.
"I checked with him and it was a situation where I knew he's had a lot of success against Darren Oliver," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I knew I had him [available] tonight. You go for it when you've got the opportunity."
Girardi said that head athletic trainer Gene Monahan had urged the manager not to start Cano, as originally planned.
"He just seems really lethargic today, and not quite himself," Girardi said before the game. "I thought we'd better give him a day off, because if we send him out in this heat, I worry that this could really linger."
Pena started at second base, batting ninth in a depleted Yankees lineup that is also missing first baseman Mark Teixeira, who is attending to the birth Tuesday of his third child, William Charles.
Exclusive opportunity for Yankees Universe
ARLINGTON -- The Yankees announced Tuesday that members of the Yankees Universe fan club will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets to the upcoming Aug. 16-19 series against the Tigers at savings of up to 50 percent in select seating areas.
The Yankees Universe ticket savings offer is available for areas including Field Level seats between the bases, Main Level seats, as well as the Batter's Eye and Mohegan Sun Sports Bar ticketed seats. Fans may sign up for the club at yankees.com.
Established in 2009, Yankees Universe, the official fan club of the New York Yankees, gives its members exclusive benefits, unique access and special savings.
Membership privileges extend to all aspects of the fan experience, including exclusive website advantages, outstanding discounts on official Yankees Clubhouse stores merchandise, and Fast Track entrance perks on game day.
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Yankees Universe Fund at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, benefiting pediatric cancer research.
The Yankees' move to pinch-run Brett Gardner for Alex Rodriguez in the eighth inning Monday was not related to his left calf stiffness, which Joe Girardi said he anticipates A-Rod is past. ... Derek Jeter has gone 46 consecutive games at shortstop without an error, since June 12, tying the longest streak of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (also June 15-Aug. 7, 2004). ... Damaso Marte (left shoulder inflammation) accompanied the Yankees on their road trip and is throwing harder, though he has not worked off a mound yet. ... Alfredo Aceves (strained lower back) pitched two-thirds of an inning Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, walking two and striking out one in a 19-pitch outing.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.