Gardner Rehab Will Wait Until Tuesday
Brett Gardner was set to leadoff and play left field for the Yankees as the team opened up a four game series with Columbus at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York on Monday night. The problem was the weather got in the way. The tarp had been on the field for the majority of the day and the Yankees and Clippers were forced to take batting practice in the cage, which is nothing new for Gardner, who hasn’t seen much live BP since heading to the disabled list on April 18th with a right elbow strain.
“I’ve only taken live BP once since I got hurt,” Gardner said. “I have been getting work in in the cage and that’s been about it. I was supposed to take live BP in Kansas City the other day but that got rained out. So I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
The initial plan was to have Gardner play two games with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before heading back to New York and rejoin the Yankees for their series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The question now is will Gardner play both games of the double-header on Tuesday or will it be single games on Tuesday and Wednesday? That question will be answered come game time on Tuesday night. More than likely he’ll be scheduled to leadoff again and play left field in the opening game of the double-header against Columbus. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the Clippers will play two seven inning games beginning at 5:05 PM.
Gardner says he is looking for two things in what should be a brief rehab stint with SWB: how does his elbow feel and how is his timing at the plate. “The elbow feels good but we’ll have that question answered a little more once I get out there. I’ll need to work on my timing as well, since I haven’t faced live pitching in a while. It will be good to swing the bat before I get thrown back into the fire, facing the Rays once I get back up there.”
Even though the Yankees and Clippers got the night off with the rain, Gardner kept busy, talking to the local media and then spending about 20 minute talking with fans who waited in the rain to greet him outside Frontier Field.