Brett Gardner cleared to swing, no longer has any restrictions

The Return of Ichiro!
Falling into (first) place

It was just a footnote in last night’s win, but Brett Gardner got an eighth inning at-bat and actually took some swings. He’s been taking batting practice over the last few weeks but has limited to pinch-running/defensive replacement duties off the bench in games. Joe Girardi confirmed last night that his Opening Day left fielder has been cleared by doctors and has zero restrictions going forward. That obviously gives him a leg up on a potential postseason roster spot.

“It’s definitely something you have to think about now … When you talk about a playoff roster, sometimes you have one extra spot for that runner. Now that he’s a full player, it makes it a little bit different,” said the skipper. Girardi added that he does not consider Gardner a full-time player going forward because he hasn’t faced enough big league pitching lately, which is really just a nice way of saying there’s no way in hell they’re taking Ichiro Suzuki out of the lineup considering how well he’s hitting. Still though, having Gardner back to 100% is a huge upgrade for the bench going forward.

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The Return of Ichiro!
Falling into (first) place
  • JW

    So Gardner’s in and Andruw’s out for the playoff roster?

    • forensic

      I still think there’s no way jones doesn’t make the roster. Gardner would be replacing the unnecessary 12th pitcher.

  • joe genius

    No, andruw has more homers this year and more playoff experience, we should keep him on the roster.

    • dp

      For what role?

      • RetroRob

        I detected sarcasm from joe genius.

  • joe einstein

    No, andruw has more homers this year and more playoff experience, we should keep him on the roster.

  • MannyGeee

    and just like that, C-Dick is off the playoff roster.

    • M-Three

      Dickerson was never going to be on the postseason roster anyway, so whats the big deal? I just don’t get why so many of you guys like to overate Dickerson by acting like he is sometyhing special.

      The guy is a 30 year old AAAA player and is basically the outfielder version of Cody Ransom. If Dickerson was actual as good as some of you make him out to be don’t you think he would’ve shown it by now? I don’t know which scrub love affair is worse, the one you guys have for Dickerson or the one for Cervelli?

      • Bubba

        You mock the power of fist pumps!!! A pox on you.

      • MannyGeee

        never had a hard on for Dickerson (all puns intended…) but it seems my sarcasm was lost on you. I feel you on Dickerson, trust me

        2 years ago, Golson was to be the guy to take the Yankees by storm, last year it was JoVa… Next September we (the royal “we”) will be calling for Melky Mesa to be that guy. all part of September baseball in the Bronx. April baseball in the Bronx is filled with “How sweet is it gonna be in 2015 when *insert fringe prospects A,B & C here* are manning the OF in NYS”

        embrace the embracing of prospects and fringe prospects alike. the sooner you accept it, the better off we all are

  • Anthony

    Awesome.

  • Eddard reboot v.1.0

    Does no restrictions mean he can bat right handed and take Andruw’s spot? We need his speed on the playoff roster. Nixy is injured so Nunie is in, Gardner’s in, Ichiro is speedy. We now have an element of speed to go with power.

  • therizza

    So if we win the division will the rotation look like? Pettite, CC, Kuroda in that order?

    • Eddard reboot v.1.0

      Depends how we win it. If we win it in the next two games then CC can go in Game 1 and I would then go Andy, Kuroda, Phil, CC.

      If we have to play in a tiebreaker vs the Os on Thursday then Andy will have to pitch in that game and couldn’t go in game 2. CC could still go in Game 1, Kuroda, Andy, Phil, CC.

      • therizza

        so with a clinch tonight (hopefully) do we skip kuroda tomorrow?

        • Eddard reboot v.1.0

          Probably depends if they want to throw him in Game 2 or 3. Game 2 will be on the road so I’d just throw Kuroda tomorrow no matter what and then throw him in Game 3 at home.

        • Laz

          They are currently tied for al leader. If they can take it then they face baltimore or oakland first round. Otherwise they would have to face verlander game 1 which if avoidable is good.

  • therizza

    So if we win the division what will the rotation look like? Pettite, CC, Kuroda in that order?

  • Mike

    Nah, Ibanez would be out before Jones (he is a lefty like Gardner).

    • MannyGeee

      but Obanez has hit in the past month… sorta. Jones flat out hasnt. and not a flukey Swisher-esque slump either; Andruw looks washed up right now. A-Rod bad…

  • Buffalo Bill

    I cannot understand how on earth you could possibly consider putting Gardner, a guy who hasn’t faced major league pitching all year and who isn’t really a strong bat anyway, on the roster in lieu of Dickerson. The upgrade defensively with Gardner is pretty marginal here, but does anyone really want to see Gardner batting in an extra inning playoff game?

    • Bo Knows

      Your joking right? Brett doesn’t hit for much power but he does everything else pretty well, hits for a decent enough average, he works counts, takes walks, plays elite caliber defense, and is a smart baserunnner.

      • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

        Agree with this. CDick is a AAA/AAAA player.

        Gardy looks a little bulked up or just a bit heavier/out of shape-not sure which.

        Great that he is cleared to swing. Now if he would just be cleared to swing non flat-footed that would be even better.

      • Buffalo Bill

        No, I’m not joking. I think the year off from Gardner has perhaps clouded your perception of him as an offensive player. I’m not saying that I think he is a “bad” offensive player, nor am I saying that Dickerson is a “good” one. I’m saying that it is an awful lot to ask of a player who is a marginal offensive player anyway to step into a playoff scenario with one or two at bats over essentially a full year. I would be willing to go out on a limb and bet that Dickerson would be a more effective offensive player in the post-season as a late inning replacement getting a handful of at bats than Gardner would, under the circumstances.

    • CS Yankee

      Well, because he is much better than Cdick. Grit can hit regardless of which side the arm is on.

      They’ll go with Raulie, Gardy, Nunie, Chavy & Stewie on the pine, and Freddy as the final pitcher.

      No Nova, No Jones, No Eppley, No Dick.

  • Gabe

    @therizza if we get home field advantage we start alds sunday meaning rotation would prolly be CC kuroda andy. if we dont get home field we start alds saturday and im guessing rotation would be cc andy kuroda considering kuroda pitches tomorrow and game 2 would be sunday Kuroda would be on 3 days rest and hes looked a bit fatigued. All depends what happens next two games of course.

  • Gabe

    @therizza if we get home field advantage we start alds sunday meaning rotation would prolly be CC kuroda andy. if we dont get home field we start alds saturday and im guessing rotation would be cc andy kuroda considering kuroda pitches tomorrow and game 2 would be sunday Kuroda would be on 3 days rest and hes looked a bit fatigued. All depends what happens next two games of course.

    • CS Yankee

      If thats the case, I would place Pettitte and Kuroda where they have pitched best…

      or actually, Andy could get it done at any ballpark, so I would compare Kuroda’s home games against which ever road park we would play in since the PS is foreign (pun) to him.

      • Squints

        From watching games this year i think Kuroda is better in day games than night. i could be wrong if that is than id pitch him during a day game if at all possible.

    • JonS

      I don’t think they’ll throw Kuroda on 3 days rest. I don’t think he’s done it a lot in his career plus he’s thrown a career high innings so far already.

  • tipsie

    It doesn’t matter who the better player is, it matters who is playing better NOW. I’d therefore take C-Dick on the roster over GGBG. C-Dick’s swung a pretty darn good bat in his limited chances (HRs too). Frankly, if I were him, I’d be annoyed with how long they kept him @ AAA this season.

  • not that mike

    Gardner can bunt too

  • FreeAgentSignee

    I agree Mike.
    Welcome back to at bats Brett!