A brutal month of May had Brett Gardner flirting with the Mendoza Line through two months into the season, but the 33-year-old was able to recover and finish the season with reasonable numbers. After a surprise boost in power the last two seasons, the left fielder reverted back to more of his contact-hitting ways and totaled just seven home runs. Gardner also only stole 16 bases, representing a third straight year of decline in that department. On the plus side, he continued to demonstrate a terrific eye and posted a 0.66 BB/K that helped contribute to a .351 OBP. That, along with Jacoby Ellsbury's struggles, led manager Joe Girardi to move Gardner to the leadoff spot for the majority of the year -- a spot where he actually drove in more runs than when hitting second. As he's set to return as the starter in left field; expect more of the same.
Gardner is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates. Aaron Hicks will take over in left field in place of Gardner against young righty Jameson Taillon. Gardner has gotten off to a slow start this season, collecting just two hits in his last 21 at-bats and he has just three extra base hits on the season. He figures to draw back into the lineup for Sunday's series finale.
Gardner is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. Gardner has played in each of the last three games for the Yankees after colliding hard with Rickie Weeks last week, so it's likely he's getting the day off for rest. He's slashing .220/.347/.268 with five stolen bases through 11 games with the Yankees and should reclaim his role atop the order for Tuesday's contest.
Gardner (jaw/neck) is back in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals, batting leadoff and playing left field, Erik Boland of of Newsday reports. It seems that manager Joe Girardi's expectations became a reality, as Gardner is in fact clear to resume his normal role atop New York's batting order. He'll bump Aaron Hicks back to the bench and slide Jacoby Ellsbury to the cleanup spot in the order.
Gardner (jaw/neck) is reportedly feeling much better and is available to come off the bench during Thursday's game against the Rays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Manager Joe Girardi still thought it would be best to give Gardner another day off Thursday to rest up, but it seems like Gardner will be fine moving forward. Aaron Hicks will fill in for him Thursday night, but look for Gardner to resume his normal role in the starting lineup Friday against the Cardinals.
Gardner (jaw/neck) is sitting out of Thursday's contest against the Rays. Gardner exited Wednesday's matchup prematurely after colliding with Tampa Bay first baseman Rickie Weeks, but fortunately hasn't shown any semblance of a concussion as of now. Nonetheless, he'll get the day off to heal his ailments while Aaron Hicks fills in for him in left field.
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