Gardner to have MRI on right wrist

Gardner to have MRI on right wrist

ARLINGTON -- Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner expects to have an MRI performed on his ailing right wrist, which has cropped up as a nagging issue recently.

Gardner's troubles with the wrist date back to a June 27 hit-by-pitch during the Yankees' Interleague series against the Dodgers, and the speedster mentioned to hitting coach Kevin Long that it has been bothering him again.

"I definitely haven't felt like it was 100 percent," Gardner said. "I can't say one way or the other whether it's affected me or not, but it's definitely not helping matters when I'm swinging the bat."

Gardner came into Saturday's game with six hits in his last 27 at-bats and was pinch-hit for by Austin Kearns in the sixth inning after going 0-for-2 with a walk in three plate appearances.

"It first started when he got hit in L.A., and then it went away for a while," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Now it's come back a little bit. He said for a couple of weeks it's been bothering him a little bit, but it's been manageable."

Gardner was not slated to play Sunday anyway, and said he expects to have the MRI performed on Monday before the Yankees open a three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Gardner said he "should be fine" and knows there is no break in the wrist, but he would prefer to be cautious.

"Being the wrist, you saw what happened to Nick Johnson," Gardner said. "It's not something to mess around with. I just want to make sure it's OK."