Brett Gardner was a telephone guest on the Yankees Hot Stove tonight on the YES Network. He’s still recovering from offseason wrist surgery, but said he had his first rehab appointment today.
“I definitely think by the time spring training rolls around I’ll be 100 percent,” he said.
Actually, Gardner guessed he’ll be back to 100 percent by early to mid January, which more or less puts him on track for a normal offseason. I know from past conversations that he usually doesn’t start hitting until after Christmas anyway, so he seems to be only a week or two off his usual schedule.
He can’t start any upper-body work just yet, but he’s keeping himself in shape.
“Just trying to take it easy and doing a little bit of running and keeping my legs in shape,” he said.
• No surprise that the Andy Pettitte is still leaning toward retirement. I have a feeling it will be that way until we hear something official about his retirement or his return. Today, Marc Carig heard an estimate that there’s only a 30 percent chance Pettitte will return.
• Heading into the 2004 season, the Yankees No. 4 prospect, according to Baseball America, was infielder Joaquin Arias. Now Arias has been designated for assignment by the Royals. Tip of the hat to MLBTradeRumors.
• By the way, in the 2004 Yankees prospect ranking, the guy listed two spots behind Arias as the No. 6 Yankees prospect was Robinson Cano.
• Even with Zack Greinke out of town, the Royals have no plans of trading Joakim Soria.
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