Brett Gardner should have scored from second on Curtis Granderson’s third-inning single to right, but he was thrown out at the plate. And that’s when Joe Girardi knew something was wrong.
“I was going hard,” Gardner said. “But I couldn’t get out of third gear. The clutch was slipping.”
Gardner fouled a ball off his shin yesterday. It came on the second pitch he saw, and although he stayed in the game and felt good this morning, his calf was a little tight this afternoon. Girardi said he noticed Gardner “didn’t get the push off you would expect” on that single to right, and when Gardner got to the dugout, Girardi asked about it. Gardner said he could still play, but Girardi told him to sit.
“I’ll be fine,” Gardner said. “I’m fine now, but I just couldn’t run 100 percent and I guess when he saw that, he said he didn’t want to take any chances… It’s just a little bruise, that’s all.”
On a related note but completely unimportant note, before today’s bus left Steinbrenner Field, Gardner asked Nick Swisher for a pair of grey road pants. Gardner knew he was going to wrap his calf for the game, and he wanted to go with long pants instead of the high socks. So he went with a pair of Swisher’s.
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