Gardner caught in 'a numbers game'

September, 24, 2012
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Despite a couple of weeks of "any day now," Brett Gardner still hasn't been added to the Yankees' roster, although he is with the team, has been running the bases and is cleared to do just about anything on a baseball field besides hit.

The reason? "It's a numbers game," Joe Girardi said, without elaboration.

In a nutshell, Gardner, out since April 18 with a right elbow strain that eventually required arthroscopic surgery, is not on the team's 40-man roster, having been moved to the 60-day disabled list in June. Presumably, the Yankees are wrestling with the decision of who to remove from the 40 to make room for Gardner.

In the meantime, Girardi said Gardner is progressing well in his rehab. “He’s been doing tee-and-toss, he’s been in the cage some, so I think he’s going to try to step it up a little bit here," Girardi said. "Hopefully it continues to go well."

Will Gardner be activated during this three-game series in Minnesota? "We're getting there," Girardi said.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .291
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 60
OPSB. Gardner .786
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135