Gardner will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Tigers.
He'll be manning left field for the fourth time in five games while Clint Frazier takes a seat. Gardner is maintaining a lowly .188/.291/.229 slash line on the season, so he's far from a safe bet to hold down a near-everyday role if he doesn't show any notable improvement at the dish in his subsequent opportunities.
Gardner will lead off and start in left field Thursday in Cleveland, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.
DJ LeMahieu has typically served as the Yankees' leadoff man this season, but he'll move down a spot as manager Aaron Boone looks to shake things up for a struggling offense that hasn't produced more than three runs in any of its last three games. Though he'll be getting a look in the leadoff role, Gardner hasn't made a compelling case to replace any of the Yankees' struggling regulars in the everyday lineup. Gardner is off to a 6-for-28 start (.214 average) to the season.
Gardner is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
He heads to the bench for the second game in a row. Clint Frazier will start in left field and bat eighth.
Gardner is not starting Monday against Toronto.
Gardner hits the bench after starting four of the last five games. He's off to a strong start at the plate this season, posting a .947 OPS through his first 22 plate appearances. Clint Frazier will start in left field.
Frazier will start in left field and bat ninth Sunday against the Rays.
Gardner will close the weekend with two consecutive starts, both of which have come against right-handed pitching. Though manager Aaron Boone hasn't commented on his plans for left field moving forward, Gardner may have leapfrogged the struggling Clint Frazier on the depth chart, at least temporarily. Regardless, Frazier should still see regular starts against left-handed pitching.
Gardner went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss against the Blue Jays.
Gardner started in left field while Clint Frazier moved to the right side of the outfield, and the veteran left his mark while batting ninth as he contributed the Yankees' lone run with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. These were Gardner's first at-bats of the season, and while manager Aaron Boone previously implied the 37-year-old was going to play "a lot" over the course of the season, he seems destined for a bench role unless there's a rash of injuries in the Yankees' outfield.
Gardner started in right field for Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest against the Tigers, and he could play there more frequently this season, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports.
Gardner has logged only one appearance in right field during his big-league career, and that was way back in 2014. Manager Aaron Boone suggested that Gardner has the defensive prowess to be able to handle all three outfield positions while reiterating that the veteran "is gonna play a lot" this season. With Clint Frazier established as the Yankees' everyday left fielder and Aaron Hicks slated for a regular role in center, Gardner's ability to occasionally spell Aaron Judge in right could be key to the 37-year-old's likelihood of logging as much playing time as Boone has implied he will receive.
Gardner went 1-for-1 with a grand slam and a walk in Sunday's Grapefruit League victory over the Phillies.
Gardner was responsible for all four runs in the contest, taking Zack Wheeler deep with the bases full in the second inning. The homer was Gardner's first this spring and his first hit overall in four at-bats.
Gardner could play his first game of spring training Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
Gardner didn't officially sign with the Yankees until Feb. 23, so he's a bit behind his teammates. Still, the veteran enters the spring healthy and is expected to have a sizeable role as a reserve for the Yankees this season, and he'll have ample time to ramp up in anticipation of Opening Day.
Gardner's contract with the Yankees includes $1.85 million and a $1 million signing bonus in 2021 as well a player and club option for 2022, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Per Heyman, Gardner's player option in 2022 would be worth $2.3 million and would convert to a $7.15 million club option or $1.15 million buyout if it is not exercised. Heyman also notes that the most likely scenario is for Gardner to decline the option and be bought out, which would ultimately make the contract worth $4 million. At this point in his career, Gardner's role figures to be that of a fourth outfielder, though manager Aaron Boone has stated that the most tenured Yankee will still see ample playing time.
Gardner signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Yankees on Friday, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
Gardner and the Yankees ramped up discussions over the past several days, and the two sides were able to reach an agreement to bring the 37-year-old back to the Bronx for a 14th season. He appeared in 49 games during the abbreviated 2020 season, slashing .223/.354/.392 with five home runs and 15 RBI. Manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that he expects Clint Frazier to start in left field in 2021, but Gardner should be a strong contender for the starting job now that he's back with the Yankees.
Gardner is an unrestricted free agent after the Yankees declined his $10 million club option for 2021, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
It's not overly surprising news, as the veteran outfielder had a .223/.354/.392 slash line with five home runs in 49 games during the shortened 2020 campaign. Clint Frazier posted a .905 OPS in 39 games once making his way to the majors and figures to be the favorite to claim Gardner's longtime starting spot in New York's outfield.
Gardner remains on the bench for the second game of the ALDS against the Rays on Tuesday.
Gardner sat in favor of Clint Frazier with the left-handed Blake Snell on the mound in Game 1. Frazier gets the nod in left field again in this one despite the Rays starting righty Tyler Glasnow. Frazier's homer in the series opener likely helped his case for more playing time, though Gardner replaced him in the middle of Game 1 and could do so again in Game 2.
Gardner will sit for the first game of the ALDS against the Rays.
Gardner sits with southpaw Blake Snell on the mound for the Rays. Clint Frazier will start in left field in his absence.
Gardner went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer, one double and a single Tuesday in a win over the Indians in Game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round.
Gardner got the start over Clint Frazier and hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Cam Hill. The 37-year-old recorded five home runs during the regular season and finished with a slash line of .223/.354/.392.
Gardner went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Marlins on Sunday.
In what may have been Gardner's final appearance at Yankee Stadium as a member of the iconic franchise, the veteran was responsible for half of the team's six base knocks in the regular-season finale. Gardner finishes the campaign with a .223/.354/.392 slash line accompanied by five home runs, 15 RBI and three stolen bases. The Yankees hold a $10 million team option on the outfielder for next season, but it remains to be seen if they will elect to pick it up.
Gardner is not in the lineup Friday against the Red Sox.
Gardner is 6-for-14 with two homers and a triple over his past six games, but he'll take a seat against southpaw Martin Perez. The veteran outfielder now has more regular competition for playing time with New York's lineup back at full strength. Clint Frazier receives the start in left field Friday.
Gardner went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Thursday's win over Toronto.
Gardner kicked off a team home run binge in the fourth inning with a 412-foot shot to plate two runs. New York went on to hit four more long balls in the frame, setting a franchise record and tying the major-league mark for a single inning. Gardner has gone 6-for-14 (.429) with five walks over his past six contests.
Gardner isn't in Wednesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
Gardner went 1-for-4 with two runs, one RBI, one walk and two strikeouts Tuesday, and he'll get a breather Wednesday. Clint Frazier will take his place in left field.
Gardner is not in Sunday's lineup against the Orioles.
He is hitting .212 with one home run and zero steals on two attempts in 33 at-bats this month. Miguel Andujar will start in left field and bat fifth.
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