Gardner, 'a little stiff,' does not play

The saga of Brett Gardner's elbow strain, which has kept him off the field for 46 of the Yankees' 55 games this season, continues.

Gardner was supposed to play for Class A Tampa this afternoon but came up "a little stiff,'' according to Joe Girardi, after playing in a game on Tuesday. So his activity was limited to taking batting practice today, after which, the manager said, "he felt very good.''

Now, the plan is to fly Gardner to Charleston, where he is expected to play this weekend for the Class A River Dogs. According to Girardi, a threat of rain in Tampa this weekend prompted the move to Charleston. "They want him to play day after day and there was concern he wouldn't be able to do that in Tampa,'' Girardi said.

It sounds like that rules out a Gardner return for this weekend's Subway Series. Maybe Atlanta. Maybe.