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Yankees pregame/Gardner update

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 24, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here for Chad now. A Yankees spokesman told us that Brett Gardner is now unlikely to be available for the game, although he left the window open. Gardner went to the hospital this morning. Joe Girardi said Gardner has had an acid reflux problem since he was a teenager, and that he believed a piece of meat from last night’s pregame meal got lodged. Gardner was OK to play the game last night, though. But he went to take care of the problem today.

So the lineup has Colin Curtis for Gardner in left and Marcus Thames for Nick Swisher in right. Swisher said his left Achilles’ was feeling better, but the plan appears to be to start him tomorrow. Girardi said A-Rod could be the DH or get the day off tomorrow, but it would figure that the only way he’d be off is if he hits No. 600 today.

Andy Pettitte played catch for the second straight day and reported no problems with his strained left groin. He said that it doesn’t seem realistic that he’ll be out the full four or five weeks that was previously announced. But he hasn’t tested himself off a mound yet. Girardi told him to be patient. Pettitte is headed for Tampa Monday to continue his comeback work.

To make room for today’s starter, Sergio Mitre, the Yankees sent down Jonathan Albaladejo. “You could see the disappointment in his face,” Girardi said.

 Here’s the Royals’ lineup:

1. Scott Podsednik LF

2. Jason Kendall C

3. Billy Butler 1B

4. Jose Guillen RF

5. Alex Gordon DH

6. Wilson Betemit 3B

7. Rick Ankiel CF

8. Yuniesky Betancourt SS

9. Chris Getz 2B

Kyle Davies P

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