Girardi: Gardner’s fine after HBP

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Brett Gardner knew something wasn’t broken when he was hit by a pitch in yesterday’s 4-3 win over the Angels, but his foot was incredibly sore. After having x-rays on his foot and a night of rest, Gardner came to work with his foot feeling better than he anticipated–although he’s sitting out of the series finale against the Angels.

“He’s sore from yesterday getting hit,” Girardi said. “Obviously, he had X-rays and those came back negative. He’ll go through treatment today and see if he’s available to me later on. He did talk about how it felt better than he anticipated this morning, which was a good thing, but he’s still sore.”

So while Gardner sits, Ichiro will make the start for the Yankees in left field. Gardner gets an extra day of rest since tomorrow is an off-day for the team and the Yankees hope Gardner’s foot will feel better on Tuesday, the day Robinson Cano and his Seattle Mariners make the trip to New York.

Some Notes:

Yangervis Solarte was originally in the lineup but he was scratched with a sore shoulder. He was scratched after Girardi’s press conference so there’s no update at the moment. Most likely after the game, Girardi will address the situation. In the meantime, Brian Roberts will make the start at second base and bat eighth in the lineup.

Michael Pineda threw a bullpen session today and Girardi said the Yankees will work on getting him into a sim game before his suspension is up on May 5th.

“We’re trying to take every precaution to keep him sharp,” Girardi said. “He threw a bullpen today. He’ll throw Tuesday in a simulated game somewhere. We’ll get him to where he sees live hitters somewhere, and then he’ll be ready to go on Monday like he’s getting an extra days rest. And he’ll throw bullpens here. He’ll probably throw a bullpen on Friday.”

Brendan Ryan played in a minor league game in Tampa today as part of his rehab stint. He went 2-for-5 on the afternoon.

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