Via Andrew Marchand, GM Brian Cashman confirmed that the earliest we will see Brett Gardner back with the big league team is July 27th. “He is swinging off of a tee,” said Cashman. “He’s been fine but as you know, his first two outings that’s what he did. He was fine until he got all the way through a major league rehab. There is going to be a lot of, ‘He’s fine,’ up until he is playing in rehab games.”
The 27th is only two weeks and two days away, but Gardner still needs to get on the field and take actual batting practice before appearing in minor league rehab games. I assume the team will be a little more conservative with his rehab this time around given the two setbacks, so it’s possible we won’t see him back until August. They’ve done just fine without him, but it sure will be nice once the Yankees get his speed back in the lineup and his defense back in the outfield.