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Gardner caught in 'a numbers game'

9/24/2012

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.