Gardner, Aardsma activated by Yankees
Outfielder Brett Gardner and right-hander David Aardsma were both activated prior to the Yankees’ game against the Twins on Tuesday.
Gardner hasn’t played since April 17 and is returning from arthroscopic surgery performed on his right elbow on July 24. The nature of the injury means Gardner’s role with the team will still be limited to situational use for the rest of the season.
“With the guys that we have here, the guys that have been playing — my goal is just to try and get healthy,” Gardner said. “That’s the main thing. It isn’t trying to play every day or anything like that. Any kind of role they need to use me in — pinch run or play defense or hit a guy over or anything like that, I’ll be ready for it.”
Aardsma — who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in July 2011 — hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2010. Girardi wasn’t yet certain of how he planned to work the right-hander into the Yankees’ bullpen mix.
“It’s hard to say,” Girardi said. “We’re going to have to pick a spot maybe to get him in there. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in a long time, so we’ll have to be careful where we use him.”
The Yankees designated left-hander Justin Thomas and outfielder Steve Pearce for assignment.
– Jordan Garretson