Girardi said he told Gardner before Monday's 11-2 win over the Indians that the outfielder would have Tuesday off. The manager did acknowledge that the timing of the planned day off did work out.
"It probably doesn't hurt," Girardi said of giving Gardner the day off after he hurt the thumb. "He said his finger felt fine."
Gardner sliced his thumb when he was caught stealing in the seventh inning -- the second time he was caught by Cleveland catcher Lou Marson on Monday. It was the first time in his career that Gardner had been caught stealing twice in the same game. Even with the cut, he remained in the game and received another plate appearance in the seventh.
Gardner had three hits in the contest to record his first multihit game since May 19. The outfielder had started all but two games for the Yankees this season and hadn't had a day off since April 15.