Sep
18

Brett Gardner begins hitting program, could have been activated tonight

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Via David Waldstein, outfielder Brett Gardner has started a hitting program and could have been activated in time for tonight’s game had it not been rained out. He is still a ways off from hitting in a game and would have been limited to pinch-running and late-game defense only. It sounds like Gardner will be activated one way or the other very soon, which will require a 40-man roster move.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • jjyank

    Sweet. He could be a pretty nice weapon to have if someone of the Ibanez/Jones/Chavez/McGehee/Perace variety manages to get on base. As we saw with Nunez the other day, a burner can make the difference in a close game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Absolutely. I also hope those that think the world is being done a huge disservice by Andruw Jones remaining on the roster understand that not having a roster crunch means that Brett Gardner can basically play Freddy Guzman while he continues to recover.

    • Rob

      Well maybe some of those guys might get on base, but don’t hold your breath waiting for Jones… lol! When’s the last time Jones has gotten a hit, June? How in God’s name is that guy still on the roster? He brings nothing to the table and is a liability every time he steps out on that field. I would have killed to have him five years ago!

  • ultimate913

    You think if they spoke to Selig, they’d let the Yanks use Gardner as a designated fielder? Might as well get 9 innings of spectacular defense rather than 1 or 2.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      They could do that, but the pitcher would have to hit.

  • EDDARD

    He’s an improvement over Andruw Jones even if he can’t hit in a game. Bat him 8th, Nunez 9th, Jeter 1st and we’ll have a triple lead off.

    • Laz

      Just have him bunt his way on.

  • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

    I wish CC would start a pitching program.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He runs a great one in California for kids.

      • Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW)

        What a guy.

  • j

    Don’t like this. Too much risk of a setback, then losing Gardner for next year too. And tooittle reward. If we need bench speed and defense, why not give Melky 2.0 or Abe Almonte a shot – I feel they could replicate Gardners glove and speed.

    • Pat D

      And you’d be wrong, most likely.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m sure his continued recovery will be taken into consideration. It appears he’s at the point where, other than the hitting program, he’s otherwise healthy.

      I make no assumptions in September as to someone who’s never even sniffed the major leagues.

  • Jeters Bone

    Cut Jones…he’s not “runnning into any pitches “.

    This will never happen, but he is the one to be cut…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Justin Thomas is basically used as a hat rack, but let’s cut Andruw Jones.

      • JimIsBored

        I mean whether it’s true or not, there is an argument to be made that a hat rack, at least, doesn’t take away any value. Whereas if Jones gets playing time, he’s fully capable of accruing negative WAR.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Look at the numbers Mike posted below. No one’s as bad as that. I think the extra outfielder at the end of the bench for two weeks is still better than the pitcher who may only pitch the bottom of the 17th.

          I’m perfectly fine with Jones never wearing pinstripes again after we win the WS and enjoys a fine career rennaisance in Pittsburgh next year, though.

          • JimIsBored

            I mean I agree with you. I’m just saying, hat racks are not necessarily the worst players on the team. Plus they’re classy!

  • Louie

    Brett Gardner begins hitting program, could have been activated tonight.

    You mean slap program

    • Pat D

      He’s been taking lessons from Rick James.

  • Mike

    Please please please get rid of Andruw Jones.

    .139/.252/.228 in the 2nd half. An OPS of .480.

    Those are Jason Bay numbers.

    • Laz

      Jason Bay is still worse.

    • Ted Nelson

      In 119 PAs…

      It amazes me how many fans on here don’t know what a slump is.

      • Mike

        So you’re saying Jones is going to turn his season around and go say around .275/.365/.510 for the rest of the year?

        The guy is Finished. Face it.