General manager Brian Cashman said Gardner bruised a bone in his left wrist when he banged it into the Yankee Stadium fence in the 3-0 loss to the Houston Astros in October.
The team is being cautious with Gardner as spring training gets underway.
“I know he feels good, but we’re just going to take it slow because we can,” Cashman told WFAN’s Sweeny Murti on Thursday.READ MORE: Suns Extend Win Streak To 16 With Victory Over Nets
“Spring training is long enough so we don’t have to be rushing on anything.”
Gardner took 50 swings in the batting cage Thursday, the first cuts he’s taken since the season ended. He said his wrist feels good, adding that he will be a little behind the other players but isn’t worried about missing Opening Day.MORE NEWS: Man Stabbed To Death In Bay Ridge, Suspect In Custody
Last season, Gardner batted .259 with 16 home runs. He led the team with 94 runs scored.