Brett Gardner of the Yankees reacts at second base after...

Brett Gardner of the Yankees reacts at second base after he was tagged out to end the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Even in the offseason, the injury news continues for the Yankees.

The club announced Wednesday that Brett Gardner underwent minor surgery to repair "a core muscle injury to his right rectus abdominis muscle," Oct. 16 in Philadelphia.

"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 Wednesday on SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio. "That's one of the reasons we just went ahead and got it done after the season. Obviously, without making the playoffs, we got a much longer offseason than we would have liked but 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."

In an email, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that Gardner should be able to "resume full physical activity four weeks from the date of surgery."

The 31-year-old Gardner twice missed time last season with abdominal issues. He still played 148 games and was one of the few consistent offensive contributors for the Yankees. Gardner, who signed a four-year, $52-million extension before the season, hit .256 with a career-best 17 homers and 58 RBIs. He also had 21 stolen bases.

Trouble with his abdomen limited Gardner to 19 games in September, a month in which he posted a .167/.208/.278 slash line and stole just two bases.

Gardner said, as of Wednesday, he was feeling "90-95 percent."

"I should be back to 100 percent here in about a week or so and pretty much just have my normal offseason from here on out and get ready for 2015," he said.

As for Alex Rodriguez, very much in the news again Wednesday, Gardner said the clubhouse is about "winning," and the third baseman will be welcomed back if he's there for that end.

"If he's a guy who is going to help us do that [win a World Series], we obviously welcome him," Gardner said. "I know that things will be a little different with the fans, especially at the start, but hopefully as the season goes on it will be business as usual."

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