Gardner is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against the Astros, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. With Aaron Judge (oblique) returning from a lengthy absence Friday and Aaron Hicks (shoulder) back in the lineup Saturday after a two-day hiatus, Gardner's time as an everyday player looks to be over. That said, the respective injury histories of Judge, Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton is something that could motivate manager Aaron Boone to rest each player once a week, which would allow Gardner to at least stick around in a part-time role. That may be enough to make Gardner worthy of holding in AL-only formats and deeper mixed leagues.
Gardner went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs Sunday in the Yankees' 10-3 win over the White Sox. With a .348 average, three home runs, 10 RBI and nine runs over his last seven games, Gardner is in the midst of one of his best offensive stretches of the season. While the hot streak would normally make Gardner worthy of a look in fantasy leagues where he's available, the veteran looks at major risk of assuming a bench gig by the end of the week. With the newly acquired Edwin Encarnacion expected to debut Monday against the Rays and serve as the Yankees' full-time designated hitter, Giancarlo Stanton (shoulder) and Aaron Judge (oblique) will likely flank Aaron Hicks in the outfield on an everyday basis once they return from the injured list later. That would leave no regular spot in the lineup for Gardner, who would presumably transition into more of a fourth-outfielder role.
Gardner went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and another run scored in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox. Gardner singled and scored in the second, then doubled the Yankees lead with a two-run homer off Ivan Nova in the fourth inning. The 35-year-old veteran has now homered in three of the last four games to bring his season total to 11. Meanwhile, he's batting .229/.301/.453 with 39 runs scored, 27 RBI and six stolen bases.
Gardner (mouth) will start in left field and bat seventh Sunday against the Indians, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports. Gardner busted his lip during Saturday's 8-4 loss, which didn't force him to exit the contest but required six stitches when he visited doctors afterward. With the laceration sealed up, Gardner will be good to go for the series finale and will be looking to end an 0-for-19 skid at the plate over his past five outings.
Gardner received six stitches near his lip after Saturday's loss to the Indians, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. Gardner threw his helmet in frustration inside the dugout after one of his at-bats Saturday, only to have the helmet ricochet and hit him in the face. The veteran outfielder never exited the game and seems unlikely to require a trip the the injured list, but the Yankees could opt to give him Sunday off since he is 0-for-19 in his last five games.
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