WASHINGTON — Brett Gardner woke up Monday “encouraged” by how his right knee felt. But not good enough to start against the Nationals following an MRI on Sunday that showed some inflammation in the knee.
Though Gardner believes he’ll be able to avoid the disabled list, he couldn’t rule it out.
“You never want to go on the DL, but you can’t play shorthanded for more than a couple days, either, which I understand,” Gardner said. “I feel like I’ll be able to play in the next day or two. Hopefully be back to full speed and this is just a bump in the road.”
The Yankees recalled OF Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and optioned utility man Ronald Torreyes.
“Basically it comes down to, with Gardy being a little questionable, though he’s doing a lot better today and we don’t think it’s a DL situation, but we just felt like we needed to be covered with an extra outfielder,” Aaron Boone said before Monday’s first game.
Gardner said he began feeling some discomfort in the knee during Saturday’s game.
“Didn’t really think too much of it but just woke up in the middle of the night Sunday morning,” Gardner said. “Never real ly had any leg issues or knee issues before, so it was kind of alarming for me. So I went in for the MRI to get a good look at it.”
The MRI showed inflammation “in a couple of spots.”
“I didn’t do anything at all yesterday, just got a bunch of treatment,” Gardner said. “Definitely encouraged that it feels better waking up today than it did waking up yesterday. So headed in the right direction. At this point, I just don’t want to make it worse.”
n Frazier: Glad to be back
Frazier, 23, is part of a team at Scranton that has a handful of players who, if with different organizations, likely would be seeing time in the big leagues.
Besides Frazier, there is Brandon Drury, Tyler Austin — who has eight homers and was sent down Thursday — Tyler Wade and Billy McKinney.
“It’s hard not to be unhappy about the situation,” Frazier said. “I’m just happy now I got a change of scenery. But everyone’s chances will come.”
Frazier, who made his debut last season, last appeared in the majors this season on June 4 as the “26th man” for the Yankees’ doubleheaders in Detroit.
“I’m just glad to be back, no matter how long it is,” Frazier said. “Just glad to be able to put on a Yankees uniform again right now.”
RHP Giovanny Gallegos served as the 26th man for Monday night’s game.
n Nats get Herrera
Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Nationals picked up righthander Kelvin Herrera from Kansas City for three minor-leaguers: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake Perkins and 17-year-old pitcher Yohanse Morel.— AP