Thursday, November 6, 2014

Gardner: I'll Be 100% in Next Week or Two

After undergoing successful surgery to repair a core muscle in his ribs last month, Yankees' OF Brett Gardner isn't worried.

Gardner, 31, instead told MLB Network Radio earlier today that he expects to be fine within the month. According to ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews, the recovery period for the procedure is just four weeks, a timetable that should align itself nicely with the veteran's usual offseason program.

"I think that here in the next week or two, I'll be pretty darn close to 100 percent and just be able to go through my normal offseason routine," Gardner said. "That's one of the reasons we just went ahead and got it done after the season."

Gardner said that, in missing the postseason, he and the Yankees have a longer time off than they would prefer. Nonetheless, he said that he can use that happening to his advantage.

"Obviously without making the playoffs, we got a much longer offseason than we would have liked," he said. "But it also gives me a little extra time on the front end to kind of get this thing taken care of and not have it be an issue next year."

The Yankees would likely miss Gardner's presence if he went down. He solidly batted .256 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs for them in 2014, those last two stats being career-highs.

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