"If I don't get a chance to play today, hopefully tomorrow," Gardner said before the series opener. "I hit in the cage and it felt pretty good."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Gardner should be available for pinch-running or as a defensive replacement, but he was hesitant to hurry him back.
"My inclination is to give him one more day, but I want to see BP first," Girardi said. "He did take some swings off the tee and said he felt pretty good."
Gardner also was hit on the right wrist during the Yanks' first homestand and said that he will begin wearing a guard when batting, trying it out for the first time in batting practice Friday.
"It's made for that," Gardner said.
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