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Yankees activate Brett Gardner from DL as pinch-runner

Sep 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Brett Gardner is back from the disabled list, rejoining the Yankees’ active roster for the first time since mid-April following a series of setbacks with his elbow injury.

However, manager Joe Girardi has indicated that he plans to use Gardner exclusively as a pinch-runner or defensive replacement. Gardner throws left-handed and injured his right elbow, so obviously the belief is that running and playing defense won’t put him at the same risk as hitting would.

Of course, Gardner has been swinging in the batting cage recently, so perhaps it’s not totally out of the question that he could make a late-season appearance as a hitter. Either way, the Yankees’ bench just got a whole lot faster.

  1. sictransitchris - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Yay!

  2. Jeremy T - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    He’s been my favorite Yankee the last few years, I’m glad to have him back on the field, even if it’s a more limited capacity than in the past.

  3. uyf1950 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    EXCELLENT !

  4. yankeesgameday - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    God, don’t pitch hit with him in a crucial spot or you’ll just get a called third strike. And this dude better learn how to steal early in the count because it doesn’t help your team to wait until the hitter has 2 strikes before you swipe second with no out in a tie game bottom of the 9th because how are you going to get bunted over to 3rd to be the winning run with less than 2 out?

    Sigh.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM

      Yippee a player who has been a gamer for us for years but was hurt all season and we thought wouldn’t play at all is back to help out anyway he can down the stretch…let’s belittle him and take shots at what he can and can’t do from behind our keyboards like TOTAL BAD-ASSES!!

      Signed,
      Awful Yankee Fans

    • Joe - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      Garner is the fastest guy on the team. He can score from second base on most hits. But, regardless, the Yankees should absolutely give up outs trying to move him one base closer to home.

      And speaking of bunting, if Gardner ever does get to bat with his gimpy elbow, play in at the corners!

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