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Brett Gardner could get a shot in the starting lineup

Oct 15, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi has been resistant to use Brett Gardner in the starting lineup because he only has four at-bats in the majors (including one on Saturday) since his elbow injury in mid-April, but the team’s continued struggles on offense have them reconsidering matters.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was on the “The Michael Kay Show” today and said that Gardner is “a possibility” to be in the lineup when the ALCS continues in Detroit this week.

“He still might play a role in this thing,” Cashman said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s “The Michael Kay Show.” “You could very well see Gardner in this big outfield that Detroit has. The way our offense is, it is a possibility. He deserves consideration considering what is going on right now.”

Nick Swisher is just 4-for-26 (.154) with eight strikeouts during the postseason while Curtis Granderson is 3-for-26 (.115) with 14 strikeouts, so both players are at risk for being benched. If Girardi really wants to shake things up, he could sit them both and go with Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Raul Ibanez in the outfield and Eric Chavez out of the DH spot, though the prospect of using the 40-year-old Ibanez in that spacious outfield is a little scary.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    You guys need to find a different stock picture of Gardner — you’ve used the same one all season for every Brett Gardner article/post. Looks like he’s chewing a small squirrel.

    • Brian Donohue - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Clearly a mistake on Brett’s part — take care of the Tigers before you prepare for the Cardinals. (I hope everyone can understand the joke on the squirrel ref.)

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  2. dondada10 - Oct 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Yankee fans: is Nunez an outfield option?

    • The Rabbit - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Part 2 of the question: Nunez was dropped from the ALCS roster for Eppley hours before Jeter’s injury. Has he been put back on?

      • dondada10 - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        pretty sure he was.

    • hackerjay - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Nunez has played 8 games in the outfield since he came up from the minors, and he never played an inning of outfield while he was in the minors, so I’m guessing he’s not really an option.

      He is on the roster though.

    • protius - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      No.

      Early in the season Eddie was given an opportunity to play left field. It was like watching an uncoordinated kid play basketball.

  3. randygnyc - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Nunez is now on the roster. Gardner should play both center and right and bat for BOTH Granderson and Swisher.

  4. godzilla111111 - Oct 15, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Stop the censorship you gutless left wing control freaks.
    MSNBC your Master-commie rot 24/7.

    • lazlosother - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      Um, OK (nods vigorously, backs away at top “casual but in a hurry” speed).

    • protius - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      Dude, the voices aren’t real.

  5. pjmarn6 - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Don’t drop that hammer on your other toe! There is no more MSNBC, Bill Gates got smart and pulled Microsoft out of the loonie leftist crap that those idiots started.
    Getting back to Gardner any possibility is better than the no possibility with Rodriguez.

  6. protius - Oct 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    What is going on with this website? Posts are leaving and coming back like old girlfriends.

  7. ericellers - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    Your old girl friends keep coming back?

    • protius - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      You don’t know the half of it.

  8. bravojawja - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    If the guy had just three regular season at bats since April, what is he doing on the postseason roster? No, seriously. He got one the other day, but why use up the roster spot on someone the manager clearly doesn’t trust?

    • protius - Oct 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      So far, you’re the only person that has said the manager doesn’t trust him. I don’t recall hearing any of the Yankee managerial staff or the coaching staff say that.

      Girardi has been a major league manager for a long while now, and Brian Cashman didn’t just fall out of the cradle either, so along with the rest of the coaching staff, I don’t think any of those very baseball savvy gentlemen would be making roster gaffes any time soon.

      • bravojawja - Oct 16, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        So Girardi and Cashman can do no wrong now?

        Girardi isn’t playing the Gardner even though he’s supposedly healthy. Does the manager not like him? Is he in the doghouse for some reason? Why won’t Girardi play him if he trusts him?

      • protius - Oct 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        You seem agitated; is it time for meds?

        You stated that the Yankee manager clearly, didn’t trust Gardner, because according to you, he only had “three regular season at bats since April.” I replied that I didn’t recall hearing/reading that the coaching staff or the managerial staff made any statements to that effect.

        How you got: “So Girardi and Cashman can do no wrong now”, is beyond my comprehension, because clearly, my comments make no allusion to Girardi and Cashman doing wrong.

        If you’re watching the game as of 11:07 EST. you’ll notice that the Girardi is playing the Gardner in left field; the Granderson in center, and the Ichiro in right. The manager must indeed like the Gardner, and undoubtedly he also trusts the Gardner, because he’s playing him.

        The Girardi also decided to start the Nunez at short stop this evening, so this will be the exciting game.

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