[Brett Gardner] fouled a ball off his shin yesterday. It came on the second pitch he saw, and although he stayed in the game and felt good this morning, his calf was a little tight this afternoon. Girardi said he noticed Gardner “didn’t get the push off you would expect” on that single to right, and when Gardner got to the dugout, Girardi asked about it. Gardner said he could still play, but Girardi told him to sit.
“I’ll be fine,” Gardner said. “I’m fine now, but I just couldn’t run 100 percent and I guess when he saw that, he said he didn’t want to take any chances… It’s just a little bruise, that’s all.”
It doesn’t sound like much, but Gardner’s entire game is his legs so a leg injury could be detrimental to his season. Girardi knows this which is why he took him out of the game immediately. These games are important to preparing for a season but they literally mean nothing if a player doesn’t get through them healthy.
I expect Gardner to sit a day or two before going back out there. Hopefully there will be no set backs.