Gardner: 'Hopefully I'll be back soon'
Brett Gardner rejoined the Yankees in Atlanta on Tuesday, and while he was mum on what he may have learned in Monday’s visit to Dr. James Andrews, he did give an encouraging quote for Yankees fans and brass alike.
"It really doesn't matter what he (Dr. Andrews) said…I think I'm going to play."
Gardner, who did running drills after rejoining the team, declined to discuss any specifics, preferring to keep wait until his follow-up appointment with Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday to discuss specifics – but he did explain why he was shut down a second time.
"It’s not as much of a pain tolerance thing as it is a range of motion. It just affects my swing,” Gardner said. “(In my rehab game) at Charleston, my first at-bat was 100 percent, but my third at-bat, halfway through it, I wasn’t. It’s not as much of a pain tolerance thing as it is just being able to function 100 percent. I was functioning 100 percent when I got there, but unfortunately, after a couple of at-bats, I just wasn’t feeling too well.”
During his media session prior to Tuesday night’s game with the Braves, manager Joe Girardi did reveal a little more about the injury, only saying it wasn’t ligament related, and Gardner reiterated his earlier claim.
“I haven’t been too awful disappointed," Gardner said. "So I guess that’s good news. I’d rather not get too much into it, but hopefully I’ll be back before too long.”
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