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

24 Comments»

  1. jjyank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

      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!

  2. ultimate913 says:

    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.

  3. EDDARD says:

    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.

  4. Big Members Only (formerly RI$P FTW) says:

    I wish CC would start a pitching program.

  5. j says:

    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 says:

      And you’d be wrong, most likely.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      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.

  6. Jeters Bone says:

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

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

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

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

      • JimIsBored says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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!

  7. Louie says:

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

    You mean slap program

  8. Mike says:

    Please please please get rid of Andruw Jones.

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

    Those are Jason Bay numbers.

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