Sore foot keeps Brett Gardner out of starting lineup

Brett Gardner is hit by a pitch in

Brett Gardner is hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Brett Gardner was not in the starting lineup Sunday night because his left foot was still feeling the effects of getting hit by a 94-mph fastball a day earlier.

X-rays of Gardner's foot Saturday were negative, but the Yankees proceeded cautiously with him after he reported to Yankee Stadium feeling sore.

"He did talk about how it felt better than anticipated this morning, which was a good thing," manager Joe Girardi said, "but it's still sore."

Gardner spent the majority of pregame getting treatment on the foot in hopes of making himself available off the bench, but Girardi hoped to avoid using him. "If you could,'' he said, "you'd like to."

 

The plan for Pineda

Michael Pineda, who is serving a 10-game suspension because of the pine tar on his neck Wednesday night in Boston, threw a bullpen session before Sunday night's game.

Girardi said Pineda will throw a simulated game Tuesday "somewhere" -- he didn't know where yet -- because the Yankees want him to face live hitters.

He'll probably throw another bullpen session Friday before being eligible to return to the mound a week from Monday against the Angels in Anaheim.

Said Girardi, "We're trying to take every precaution to keep him sharp."

 

Trainer's room

Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the lineup a little more than an hour before the game because of a sore right shoulder. He was supposed to play second base; Brian Roberts took his place.

Brendan Ryan, on the disabled list since the start of the season with a back injury, played his first official minor-league rehab game Sunday. Playing shortstop for Class A Tampa, Ryan went 2-for-5. The Yankees hope he'll be ready to make his season debut in about a week.

 

Extra bases

Alfonso Soriano started the night needing only eight hits to become the seventh player with 1,000 hits in each league. He had 1,077 hits in the National League.

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