Gardner (shoulder) is starting in left field and leading off Saturday against the Blue Jays, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Gardner was hit by a pitch on his shoulder Wednesday, but he's good to go after getting Thursday and Friday off to recover. The 34-year-old will face Joe Biagini in his return to the lineup as he looks to extend his 11-game hitting streak, a span over which he's gone 19-for-49 (.388).
Gardner (shoulder) is out of the lineup Friday against the Blue Jays. The Yankees had Thursday off, but Gardner will sit out Friday so that his shoulder can have a bit more time to recover after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest. At this point in time, he should be considered day-to-day. Clint Frazier will start in left field and hit ninth in Friday's series opener against Toronto.
Gardner could miss time after being hit by pitch in the shoulder Wednesday, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports. Though he was later removed for a pinch hitter when the game was already in hand, Gardner was able to stay in the game after the hit-by-pitch and is hoping Thursday's off day will be all the rest he'll need. Manager Joe Girardi sounded a bit more concerned though, and indicated he may sit his starting left fielder for Friday's series opener against Toronto. For now, Gardner seems day-to-day, though the situation should become clearer prior to Friday's tilt.
Gardner went 3-for-4 with a trio of singles and added two steals in Monday's win over the Twins. Gardner has been noticeably more aggressive on the basepaths of late, and he's now 22-for-27 in that department to give him his highest total there since he stole 24 bags in 2013. It's encouraging that the 34-year-old is finding a way to stay productive with his legs -- even though his 20 home runs are already a career high, he's left the yard just once since July 29.
Gardner is out of the lineup against the Orioles on Thursday. Gardner hits the bench for a standard day off following seven straight starts, slashing .333/.412/.433 with four RBI and four runs over that span. Clint Frazier will patrol left field in his stead.
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