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Brett Gardner feels good after first spring appearance

TAMPA, Fla. -- Left fielder Brett Gardner, who has been out with an injured wrist, said felt fine after playing his first spring game of the year.

"It felt good," said Gardner, who went 0-for-2 and played five innings against the Blue Jays.

Gardner hurt his left wrist during last October's wild-card loss to the Astros. The Yankees monitored the injury all winter and decided to hold Gardner back to begin spring training as a precaution.

Gardner, 32, batted .259 with 16 homers and 66 RBIs. He made the All-Star team after an exceptional first half in which he hit .302.

He expects to be ready for Opening Day. He is next scheduled to be in the lineup on Friday night.