Gardner is not in the lineup Tuesday against Boston. In Aaron Judge's first start since returning from a wrist injury, Andrew McCutchen will slide over to left field, bumping Gardner to the bench. The Red Sox are starting righty Nathan Eovaldi, but the right-handed McCutchen gets the start over the left-handed Gardner nonetheless, suggesting that Gardner is due for a bench role rather than a platoon role down the stretch. Judge will likely require the occasional off day as he eases back into action following an extended absence, so Gardner will still get some at-bats, but expect his role to be limited.
Gardner is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Twins, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Gardner will sit for a second straight day following a string of 13 consecutive starts. There has been no report of any injury to this point, so it appears manager Aaron Boone is simply riding the hotter hands and giving the veteran outfielder an extended rest. Giancarlo Stanton will start in left field Wednesday, with Luke Voit at DH and Greg Bird covering first base.
Gardner is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Gardner will sit after making 13 straight starts, a stretch in which he hit just .234 with a .663 OPS. Giancarlo Stanton will move out to left field in his absence, with Gary Sanchez acting as the designated hitter and Austin Romine behind the plate.
Gardner went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Saturday against the Mariners. Gardner swiped his second base in the past four games, bringing his season total to 15. While his slugging percentage has dipped to .372 -- his lowest mark since 2011 -- Gardner continues to score runs and steal bases in bunches, helping him maintain fantasy value in many formats.
Gardner is hitting ninth and starting in left field for the third straight game Monday against Oakland. The arrival of Andrew McCutchen seems to have bumped Gardner from the leadoff role, sending him as far down the order as possible. As the new "second leadoff man," Gardner will still get to hit in front of the Yankees' sluggers, giving him plenty of opportunities to score, but his counting stats as a whole will suffer as he loses nearly a plate appearance per game.
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