The Star-Ledger reported that Gardner felt pain and stiffness in his elbow after playing five innings of a minor-league rehab game with Class-A Charleston on Friday night. This is the second time Gardner has been on the cusp of returning to the Yankees' lineup after going through a minor-league stint as well as the second time he's reaggravated the injury.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had this to say about the Gardner injury:
"Something's not right," Cashman said. "He still feels stiffness. He doesn't feel right. ...
"He's had more than enough rest to be fine by now."
This could result in a trade of Gardner for a more reliable or at least healthier asset, with the trade deadline about seven weeks away (July 31). Gardner has been out of the lineup for nearly two months now (April 19).