Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/14/14
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Brett Gardner has appeared in just nine games for the Yankees this season, and none since injuring his right (non-throwing) elbow attempting a diving catch on April 17. As general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday, the Yankees barely have missed the speedy outfielder and lineup pest because of the presence of two aging players whose skill sets won't be confused with Gardner's at this stage of their careers. Veteran outfielders Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones have combined for 23 home runs and 62 RBI while mostly sharing the left field spot in Gardner's absence, with a few at-bats at designated hitter sprinkled in for each player. Ibanez crushed a tiebreaking grand slam in the eighth inning Monday night to lift the Yankees to a 6-3 victory over Toronto at Yankee Stadium. "Raul's gotten a lot more time out there as opposed to just being the DH, but it's probably helped his numbers and helped him be productive," manager Joe Girardi said. "We expe...
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