NEW YORK -- Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner will not pick up a bat until at least Thursday. Manager Joe Girardi said the outfielder is still progressing the way the club had hoped, but he'll continue to rest his injured elbow until the latter part of the week, when he'll travel to Tampa, Fla., to start rehabbing at the Yankees' Minor League complex.
"I'm just kind of taking the mindset with this thing that I've got to be patient with it and I've got to let it heal," Gardner said. "Whether it's three or four more days or two or three more weeks. Hopefully, some time this week I'll be swinging the bat, you know, middle, end of the week."
Gardner met with team doctors on Sunday to reevaluate the injury, and he'll have an MRI done sometime this week. The hope was Gardner might swing a bat as soon as this weekend, however, Girardi squashed any chance of that before the Yankees' game with the Reds on Sunday.
"We just feel that he's probably going to have to go until Thursday before he can do it," Girardi said. "We're just not comfortable with where he's at right now to do it."
Girardi said his left fielder will probably need a couple games to get his rhythm back after he begins to take swings on Thursday. Gardner said the plan is to play a couple of games in Tampa, then eventually join back up with the Yankees.
"Gardy is young, younger," Girardi said. "It shouldn't take that long as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. The key is getting him over that hump to where he doesn't have a setback. When he does come back, you have to kind of build up to where he can play in a game. Hopefully, it wouldn't be long."
Gardner said his elbow feels better, although the evaluation was a bit premature. He has been receiving daily treatment for the injury, and the only time he feels pain is when he fully extends his elbow.
Gardner's right elbow has kept him on the 15-day disabled list since April 17. He is hitting .321 with three RBIs in nine games this season.