Brett Gardner has been back on the Yankees roster for a few days now. He has only played in one game and has not gotten any at bats, but manager Joe Girardi indicated that he might be included on the playoff roster anyway.
“We have done that before where we have taken a baserunner,’’ Girardi told George King of the NY Post.
Despite the fact that Gardner hasn’t gotten an at bat yet, he seems ready to go and has insisted that he is 100 percent. The Yankees are taking the cautious approach with him though being that he is coming off a major surgery and has already suffered two setbacks after batting.
Carrying Gardner on the playoff roster would create a bit of a problem for the Yankees. They would be forced to carry one less pitcher because they would still need an extra outfielder in an emergency situation where he was used as a late replacement and then was forced to bat if a game went into extra innings.