After Gardner's HBP, Yanks request X-rays
ST. PETERSBURG -- Brett Gardner said that the Yankees asked him to go for precautionary tests after the outfielder was hit on his right hand during Friday's 7-2 loss to the Rays at Tropicana Field.
Gardner was drilled by a 95-mph Chris Archer fastball in the third inning. Gardner stayed in the game, ripping a triple off Archer in the sixth and legging out an infield hit against Jamey Wright in the eighth.
Still, the Yankees would prefer to be cautious, as Gardner said the hand is slightly swollen. He left Tropicana Field wearing an ice wrap.
"It's the same hand I broke in Double-A ball [in 2007]," Gardner said. "It's not too bad, so I'm not too worried about it."
New York lost infielder Jayson Nix to a left hand fracture after he was hit by an 80-mph R.A. Dickey pitch on Wednesday. The Yankees' Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli have also been sent to the disabled list this year with broken hands.
"You're worried about it," manager Joe Girardi said. "Any time you get hit in the hand, we haven't had too good of luck with that this year. You're concerned."