NEW YORK – Yankees manager Aaron Boone first left Brett Gardner in the left field and beat ninth in the Yankee Stadium against the Rockies on Sunday.
A little later, Gardner was substituted in favor of Mike Tauchman.
Gardner had pain in his left knee, Boone said, and the Yankees did not want to push him too hard. Boone said the 35-year-old will undergo treatment and would probably be able to play on Sunday.
Boone called it a "scuffle injury" for Gardner had played in 92 of the Yankees' 97 games this season.
"Knee barked a bit today," Boone said. "I felt it was best to have him down today, especially in this weather. Of course, also in this weather. But look at him ̵
Gardner was not in the clubhouse of the Yankees when reporters were there before the game.
] If Gardner has to be out of action for several days, the Yankees are likely to turn to Tauchman.
Outfielder Cameron Maybin (left calf) is expected to play Reha games this week at Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre and might return to the active squad soon.
Gardner played a lot better – and played a much bigger role than many had expected. After a $ 7.5 million one-year contract to stay in the off-season, he scored 0.243 with 15 home runs and an OPS of .785, which would set a career best for the entire season. He also stole eight bases.
For Gardner, who played a role for other injured Yankees, it was a huge success to stay healthy.
Gardner has played 49 games in midfield, largely thanks to a lower back injury involving Aaron Hicks for the first month of the season. He has also played 45 games in the left field, with Giancarlo Stanton (various injuries) spent most of the season on the injury list. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanKutyNJ . Find NJ.com Yankees on Facebook .