Originally posted on The Baseball Page  |  Last updated 8/7/12

The New York Yankees aren't ruling out the possibility that injured outfielder Brett Gardner could make the roster for September in a limited capacity.

Manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com, "If there's a way that he can help us, we'll definitely use him, especially in the month of September, when you can expand rosters," Girardi said. "If there are certain things that he can't do and it's during the month of August, then you kind of limit your roster. But with an expanded roster, if he can help us, we'll definitely use him if it doesn't jeopardize him getting back next year."

Gardner recently had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow to remove some inflamed tissue that has cost him almost the entire 2012 season. Brett tried to rehab the injury three times before the physicians agreed a surgical procedure would be the only alternative.

The 29 year old outfielder had problems swinging a bat in his rehab stints which prompted the surgery, but he could be used as a pinch runner or a late defensive replacement if needed. Needless to say they Yankees won't jeopardize him in anyway if he would prevent him from returning next season.

Andy Pettitte had some swelling in his broken ankle, which was seen on an x-ray taken after the Yankees came home from their last West Coast swing. The tests showed improvement, but the doctors were hoping for a little better progress. Pettitte told beat reporters after those tests, "I think I might have done a little bit too much, and that was frustrating for me and kind of scared me," Pettitte said. "It's just a matter of this homestand, we just wanted to make sure I kind of back off whatever I was doing and just try to let this thing heal up as good as it can." 

Pettitte rested during the first four days of the just completed home stand, then he started doing more swimming, biking and playing catch on flat round. Being less aggressive paid off with the x-rays taken on Sunday showed he has improved since the last tests. "I just have no idea as far as how this thing will feel when I lift up and try to load my leg and put all my weight and push down on the mound," Pettitte said. "I just have no idea."  

Though the Yankees and Andy were reassured that he is right on schedule. The doctors said it would be a full 60 days for his total recovery and at least this minor swelling hasn't caused a huge setback.

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