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Brett Gardner to begin rehab assignment Friday

Jun 7, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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The Yankees originally hoped to have Brett Gardner available this weekend for an interleague series against the Mets. That seems unlikely to happen now, but he is moving closer to returning from a strained right elbow.

According to Chad Jennings of the Journal News, Gardner will begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Low-A Charleston. He was originally scheduled to play yesterday, but the plan was scrapped after he experienced some soreness in his elbow. However, he was able to make it through batting practice today without any issues.

Gardner has already had a couple starts and stops with his rehab, but assuming he can avoid any further setbacks, it’s realistic he’ll be back in the Yankees’ lineup by early next week. The speedy left fielder has been sidelined since April 17.

  1. astrosfan75956 - Jun 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    He needs to stay healthy if the yanks want to make a run and my fantasy team as well.

  2. randygnyc - Jun 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Astro- agreed. Yankees need Gardner if they are to win this year. Very slow team otherwise.

  3. pisano - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Great defensively, but he has to be a lot more consistent at the plate. Strikes out a lot for a player that’s counted on to get on and steal bases.

    • djpostl - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      And his ability to lay down various types of bunts (for hits, sacrifices etc..) is actually pretty mediocre for a guy who could hit .250 just off bunts.

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