Brett Gardner, the only Yankee everyday player in camp right now because he is rehabbing his right wrist after surgery, acknowledged he began his training a little later this winter, but proclaimed himself on schedule to be ready for Opening Day. Gardner, who had the tendon sheaths in his wrist cleaned out and widened to reduce inflammation, said the injury troubled him throughout the second half of the 201o season, when he hit just .232. He hit the last of his five home runs on July 4.
"It definitely affected me in different ways at different times,'' Gardner said. "But especially after the All-Star break.''
Gardner said he began swinging a bat three weeks ago. "I definitely could have started a little bit earlier,' he sad. "But I didn't want to have any setbacks.''
The injury also set back his weight-lifting scheduled. Still, Gardner said he is "good to go'' once the rest of the regulars get here on Sunday. "I'll be ready for Opening Day,'' he said. "No doubt about it.''