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Brett Gardner sits out with stiff neck

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The New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury (22) and Brett Gardner celebrate after scoring off an Alex Rodriguez double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a game Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Toronto. Credit: AP / Frank Gunn

TORONTO - On Monday, it was Mark Teixeira with a lat issue. On Tuesday, it was Chase Headley's lower back.

Wednesday brought yet another nuisance injury for the Yankees when Brett Gardner showed up with a stiff neck, causing Joe Girardi to sit the leftfielder for Wednesday night's's game against the Blue Jays.

It occurred, Girardi said, in the first inning Tuesday night when Gardner slid headfirst on a double.

"Today I woke up and felt better but the more I moved around the stiffer it got," Gardner said after the 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, adding he would have been available to pinch run or pinch hit. "Just got a bunch of treatment and hopefully it will be much better tomorrow."

Teixeira, Headley and Gardner could have played, Girardi said, but it's not worth the risk. "What you don't want is something little to become something big,'' he said.

Pirela up; Petit to DL

Jose Pirela was activated from the disabled list, started at second base and went 2-for-4. Pirela was hitting .370 with a .433 OBP in 15 games in spring training before suffering a concussion March 22. He was 11-for-19 in four rehab games with Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. "He's going to play against lefties and we'll just see how it goes," Girardi said.

Gregorio Petit was placed on the DL. He was hit on the right hand with a pitch Tuesday.

Tanaka still down

When the Yankees placed Masahiro Tanaka on the DL April 28 with right wrist tendinitis and a right forearm strain, Brian Cashman said it would be 7-10 days before the pitcher started throwing. Cashman said via text Wednesday that he hadn't begun throwing.

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