Brett Gardner's injured shoulder not ready for Wednesday's game
New York Yankees leftfielder Brett Gardner is not in the lineup Wednesday and will not play through a jammed shoulder that he suffered while diving for a ball in the outfield over the weekend, reports Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Gardner received an injection for pain in his right shoulder on Tuesday and said that he planned to play on Wednesday, according to ESPN.
"It didn't feel too good before the shot yesterday, but it felt a lot better today," Gardner told ESPN on Tuesday. "I fully expect to be back in there tomorrow."
With Gardner out, manager Joe Girardi has penciled Dustin Ackley into the leftfield spot.
Ackley has played in just two games and has yet to tally a hit with the Yankees after being traded from the Mariners in July. Ackley went on the disabled list in early August after suffering a herniated disk. He hit .215 in 85 games for the Mariners.
Gardner is hitting .267 this season and has tallied 13 home runs—on pace for the second-highest season total in his career. However, Gardner only hit .208 in August and is just 3-for-21 at the plate in September.
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