Gardner hurting, may have to sit Monday

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner woke up Sunday morning feeling pain in his right ankle.

"It was almost bloody, and swollen," New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi reported.

Brett Gardner

Brett Gardner

#11 LF
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM124
  • HR15

  • RBI52

  • R77

  • OBP.346

  • AVG.269

It was bad, Gardner agreed, saying after the Yankees' 7-4, 10-inning win over the Chicago White Sox that he could be out of the lineup again Monday, when the Yankees play a makeup game in Kansas City against the Royals.

"I'm hopeful," Gardner said. "But not confident."

Gardner fouled a ball off his ankle during the Yankees' 5-3 win on Saturday. He remained in the game, but said the ankle felt much worse by Sunday morning. Gardner can walk, but he's not running. If you watch the replay of Brian McCann's game-winning home run, you'll see Gardner walking towards the celebration with the Gatorade dispenser he dumps over McCann's head.

With Gardner out of the lineup Sunday, Martin Prado played left field, with Zelous Wheeler in right. Derek Jeter led off for just the third time this season.

Relying on Robbie: For the second time this month, but also just the second time since 2012, Girardi had David Robertson pitch three days in a row. And while the result Sunday wasn't good -- Robertson allowed a game-tying home run to Avisail Garcia for his first blown save since June 1 -- Girardi said he will continue to lean on his closer for extra work the rest of the way.

"If he tells me he can do it, I will," Girardi said. "Although he won't pitch [Monday]. We'll have to use someone else to close."

Looking at Huff: The biggest out in Sunday's game came in the top of the 10th, when David Huff struck out White Sox slugger Jose Abreu looking with two outs and two runners on base. The best part about it? Huff was trying to walk Abreu.

Even with runners at first and second, the Yankees were willing to put Abreu on base and pitch to Garcia instead. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild went to the mound and told Huff not to throw Abreu a strike.

"I was trying to throw balls," Huff said.

He threw three straight to start the at-bat. Abreu then took strike one, swung at a pitch out of the zone for strike two, and looked at a pitch on the outside corner for strike three.