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Gardner hit by foul ball

Gardner hit by foul ball

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees outfield prospect Brett Gardner was taken to a local dentist after a foul ball bounced and split his lower lip during Wednesday's game.

Gardner was batting in the fifth inning of New York's 4-0 loss to the Phillies at Bright House Field when he fouled off a pitch from Philadelphia starter Brett Myers. The ball struck the ground in front of home plate and bounced back to the batter's box. Home-plate umpire Jerry Crawford saw the injury and immediately directed Gardner to the dugout.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the training staff had stopped the bleeding and that Gardner had not lost a tooth. Gardner was taken to a dentist in the Tampa area for precautionary X-rays.

The 24-year-old speedster made a strong impression during Spring Training, batting .324 with two doubles, one triple and six stolen bases in 20 Grapefruit League games for the Yankees. Girardi has said that he envisions Gardner -- targeted to begin the year at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre -- helping the Yankees at some point during the regular season.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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