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Brett Gardner, David Robertson progressing

David Robertson pitches in the ninth inning against

David Robertson pitches in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. (May 8, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Brett Gardner (strained right elbow) took batting practice Thursday and will head to Class A Charleston to play in a rehab game Friday. Joe Girardi said the outfielder felt some “stiffness” in his elbow after his appearance in an extended spring game Wednesday but felt “very good” Thursday.

Girardi said there was “a little concern” initially in hearing of the stiffness. “But the fact he felt better today makes me feel good,” he said.

David Robertson (strained left oblique) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session Thursday. If the reliever reports Friday that he feels good, Girardi said he could appear in a rehab game Sunday.

“He looked OK,” Girardi said. “The next decision is, does he throw in a game or do we have him do one more batting practice? I’m sure all the powers that be will make that decision pretty quick.”

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