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Brett Gardner Back With Yankees In Limited Role

Brett Gardner (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Brett Gardner (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees have activated outfielder Brett Gardner and right-hander David Aardsma from the disabled list.

The Yankees announced the moves before Tuesday’s 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

Gardner hasn’t played since April 17 and is recovering from surgery on his right elbow.

“Forget trying to play everyday or anything like that,” said Gardner, who didn’t play in the loss. “Any kind of role they need to use me in — pinch-run or play defense or hit a guy over or anything like that — I’ll be ready for it.”

Girardi said it will be difficult to find many at-bats for Gardner down the stretch, but he can use the speedy outfielder as a pinch runner and defensive replacement.

“I don’t know how realistic it is that he could do more,” said Girardi.

Aardsma has not pitched since 2010 with Seattle. He had Tommy John surgery last year. Manager Joe Girardi says he will be cautious with how he uses Aardsma out of the bullpen with the Yankees in a tight division race.

Utility player Steve Pearce and LHP Justin Thomas were designated for assignment to make room for Gardner and Aardsma.

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