It’s the same thing all over again.
Brett Gardner played in a minor league game yesterday, and said afterward that he felt good. The Charleston RiverDogs even sent a quote in a press release: “All in all, I felt pretty good and I’m excited to see where I’m at tomorrow,” Gardner said.
Gardner woke up this morning once again feeling pain in his right elbow, and now he’s heading for more tests on Monday. At this point, manager Joe Girardi doesn’t expect to have him back until after the all-star break at the earliest.
“There’s concern we’re not going to have him for a while,” Girardi said. “… He seems to get to a point where he can do everything he needs to do and then when he plays in a game, maybe it’s the intensity being turned up a little bit, some swinging and missing. It seems to bother him.”
Chris Dickerson is off the disabled list in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but Girardi indicated that the Yankees will likely stick with their current roster for a while. Frankly, they’ve had an extra left-handed outfielder in Dewayne Wise for a while, but Wise rarely plays. Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez have basically filled the Gardner void, with Eric Chavez getting additional at-bats at designated hitter and DH, and Jayson Nix providing some outfield depth.
Brian Cashman said he hasn’t looked into trading for a Gardner replacement.
“I haven’t been looking,” Cashman said. “That doesn’t mean that (it’s out of the question). Now you’ve passed the draft, people will be more interested in having conversations. I have not had any conversations with anybody about anything.”
• Better news on Hiroki Kuroda, who was able to ride a bike today after being hit by a line drive on his left foot last night. Kuroda said he expects to throw a bullpen either tomorrow or Monday, and he’s expecting to make his next start. “It’s much better than yesterday,” Kuroda said.
• Dave Robertson is going to Triple-A on a rehab assignment. He’ll make his first appearance tomorrow.
• Girardi said he’s not worried about Ibanez breaking down because of playing the field more than expected. “He gets some built in days off when we face some lefties,” Girardi said. “I don’t know if there’s been a stretch where he’s played more than five days in a row. It’d have to be pretty unusual circumstances where he would go a long, long time.”
• Cashman said he doesn’t look back at the Gardner situation thinking the Yankees should have done something differently. “Find something we haven’t found, that’s the only thing I can tell you,” Cashman said. “Medicine is an inexact science. It’s a Rubik’s cube that we still have to solve on him.”
• Cashman won’t set any expectations for David Aardsma, but he’s clearly taking steady steps toward returning from Tommy John surgery. “I don’t want to set a time table on him,” Cashman said. “But obviously he’s in batting practice, which is the last thing you do before you put him in rehab games.”
• It’s a similar story with Joba Chamberlain, who’s been able to run and throw bullpens in Tampa. Cashman said he’s not entirely sure that Chamberlain’s throwing at 100 percent, but he’s not playing light catch either. “He’s throwing hard,” Cashman said. “It might be 100 percent. I couldn’t tell you.”
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