Melky Cabrera is in a slump (6-for-52), and Brett Gardner is close to a return.
Gardner, out since July 26 with a broken thumb, is scheduled to see a doctor on Wednesday. If cleared, he will start a rehab assignment soon after. According to Joe Girardi, Gardner should return quickly.
“He’ll need some at-bats, but it shouldn’t be too long,” the manager said.
This is a good news for the Yankees. I’m sure Melky likes starting everyday (for the most part), but adding Gardner back into the mix will give him a break when needed and will bring back the havoc on the base paths.
Melky is a solid center fielder, but so is Gardner. The two splitting time make a great tandem.