August 26, 2009

Brett Gardner makes progress in rehab

Bryan Hoch is reporting that Brett Gardner could be activated from the DL sometime next week after testing out his thumb before last night’s game.

Gardner took swings and threw at what he estimated to be 50-60 percent prior to the Yankees game against the Rangers.

"Everything felt pretty good," said Gardner, who is confident he can at least serve as a pinch-runner in the coming weeks.

This is great news for the Yankees. Gardner could be just the spark the Yankees are looking for right now to keep them sharp for the postseason. His defense and speed are his most valuable attributes, which would greatly help the Yanks a both areas.

Don’t get me wrong, Melky Cabrera has done a fine job as the regular center fielder, but it is clear the two play better when both are active.

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