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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees in action against the Houston Astros during the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 6, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. The Astros defeated the Yankees 3-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Brett Gardner to increase workload

There’s no scheduled workout for the Yankees tomorrow, who instead will participate in a team-bonding activity the day before their Grapefruit League opener against the Tigers. However, Brett Gardner will report to the Yankees’ complex as he tries to recover from a bone bruise in his left wrist.

According to Chad Jennings of LoHud Yankees Blog, Gardner will increase his workload tomorrow by taking live batting practice in the indoor cage. He still hasn’t hit on the field yet, but this is a step in the right direction. Gardner only took dry swings over the winter and was limited to tee-and-toss to start Spring Training.

The Yankees are taking extra precaution with their 32-year-old left fielder, thanks in large part because it’s so early in camp. They desperately need a healthy Jacoby Ellsbury and Gardner at the top of lineup in order to set the table for the offense.