Manager Joe Girardi explained that Gardner has a condition that occasionally flares up as it did Friday night, when a pork chop that the outfielder ate "kind of got lodged, and it never went away." Girardi downplayed the seriousness of the problem, saying it's something Gardner has dealt with in the past.
"He'll be fine. This is something that he's experienced for probably 14-15 years," Girardi said. "For whatever reason [Friday] night, it didn't go down like it usually does. It happens from time to time, he says."
Gardner said the last time he experienced something like this was about a year ago, and that he would be ready to play Sunday.
"It's usually not a serious problem like that, but I'm good to go," Gardner said.
Girardi said Gardner played through the problem Friday night, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run single. Gardner was back in the dugout for the team's 7-4 loss to the Royals, but Girardi didn't want to use him since some of the tests he underwent at the hospital involved anesthesia.
Colin Curtis started in Gardner's place in left field and went 0-for-3.