In a season filled with injuries to Yankees outfielders, Brett Gardner has been the unit’s iron man.
But he left Friday’s 10-2 win over the Twins early after getting hit on the right elbow by a pitch in the fifth inning. Gardner stayed in the game briefly before Tyler Wade replaced him in center field to begin the seventh inning.
“It stiffened up on him pretty good,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ll see how he’s doing overnight into the morning.”
Boone said he didn’t expect Gardner to undergo any tests.
“Just wanted to get him out of there, get some treatment, get some ice going,” Boone said. “Hopefully it’s something that he’s back quickly.”
The 37-year-old outfielder, who was 2-for-2 with an RBI before exiting the game, has continued to swing a hot bat. In his last 28 games, he is batting 22-for-77 (.286).
Gleyber Torres’ comeback began Friday with a minor, but important, first step in the rehab process.
The Yankees’ shortstop, who has been sidelined since spraining his left thumb on Aug. 8, took dry swings and fielded ground balls before the game. Torres, on Tuesday, said he was still in pain, but by Friday, Boone said, most of the swelling had gone down in his thumb, allowing him to begin baseball activities.
“He said he thought it went really well,” Boone said. “I would say an encouraging day today.”
Boone said Torres would take more dry swings Saturday and likely would hit some balls off a tee. He remains without a firm timetable to return.
Bronx native Andrew Velazquez and Wade have stepped up at shortstop in Torres’ absence. Velazquez got his fifth start there in six games Friday night, going 0-for-3 with a run-scoring walk.
Domingo German’s rehab from right shoulder inflammation may have hit a snag. After throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, German experienced “some soreness” Thursday, according to Boone. The manager said he was not sure whether German, who has been on the injured list since Aug. 1, would stop throwing.
Gerrit Cole said he has bounced back “pretty great” from his first start after a bout with COVID-19. He gave up one run over 5 ²/₃ innings Monday against the Angels, throwing 90 pitches, and will look to get back to full strength Saturday facing the Twins.
“Looks like we did a good job and ready to go for tomorrow,” Cole said.
Jordan Montgomery and Andrew Heaney took pregame batting practice Friday ahead of their scheduled starts Monday and Tuesday against the Braves in Atlanta.
Boone said Luis Gil will be called back up to start Sunday’s series finale against the Twins, if the game is played. The forecast currently calls for potentially heavy rain.
After Brody Koerner threw a scoreless ninth inning — his first appearance since Aug. 3 — the Yankees optioned him to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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