Despite sitting, Gardner 'a lot better'

Despite sitting, Gardner 'a lot better'

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner was out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Tuesday, as he nurses a right wrist contusion suffered when he was hit by a Clayton Kershaw fastball in the third inning of Sunday's 8-6 victory over the Dodgers.

"It feels a lot better today," Gardner said on Tuesday. "It's still a little swollen, a little bit stiff. Hopefully, I can swing a bat tomorrow."

X-rays taken on Monday came back negative, and Gardner spent Tuesday receiving treatment on that wrist. The speedy outfielder was expected to be available as both a pinch-runner and a defensive replacement for the Yankees' series opener with the Mariners, and he's cautiously optimistic about starting on Wednesday.

"They're talking it could be a couple days -- it could be day-to-day," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's progressing. We're just evaluating every day."

Chad Huffman got the nod in left field on Tuesday, starting for the third time this year and the first since June 18.

-- Tim Britton