Yankees OF Brett Gardner could find himself back in the lineup for Wednesday night's contest in the Bronx.
It will all depend on the treatment Gardner received on his inflamed knee on Tuesday. He hit in the batting cage before Tuesday night's 7-2 win over the Mariners, and from what manager Aaron Boone has seen from his veteran outfielder, he is very optimistic Gardner is close to returning.
"We will see. I think it's realistic," Boone told The Post's George A. King III. about Gardner returning to lineup. "I actually believe he might be an option [Tuesday night]."
Gardner said before the game Tuesday that he was available if Boone needed him, but noted he was being cautious with his knee because using his speed is his calling card. Having sore legs and potentially making the injury worse isn't what he has in mind.
"It's better today," Gardner said. "I am going to hit and do some running. I am available tonight and hopefully back in the lineup [Wednesday]. I have never had an issue with my legs. Not being able to run affects both sides. At this point in the season you don't want to make it worse."
Gardner's cage work and individual drills he participated in did feel good, so seeing him back in the lineup Wednesday could be a high possibility.
"I feel good. I did a bunch of agility [drills] and hit in the cage," Gardner said. "I am encouraged by the way it went and hope to play [Wednesday]."
Clint Frazier started in Gardner's place in left field on Tuesday night, where he went 1-for-3 with a run scored.