Gardner, who hurt his elbow making a diving catch on April 17, went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and played left field again. There was no news immediately available after the game, but a day off and then a Friday return seems likely as there was no report of a setback.
As for Chavez, he has been out since he suffered a concussion on May 2, and took some tests on Wednesday. If those results come back clear he could play in a game this weekend. He is already participating in baseball activities, which is a good sign.
“The cobwebs are gone,” Chavez told Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com. “I feel 100 percent.”
The Yankees could obviously use Chavez back, but they really need Gardner back. After a terrible week last week, the offense is still struggling without him this week. He’s obviously not the cure all, but he helps and his defense out in left saves them a lot of runs that make a big difference when the offense isn’t coming through.