Gardner out with stiff neck

Remember that tumble Brett Gardner took into the stands last week in Toronto to catch a foul ball by the Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins? Well, the left fielder has been aching ever since and Wednesday night he was scratched from the Yankees’ lineup against the Athletics at Yankee Stadium because of a stiff neck believed related to the incident at Rogers Centre.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi reshuffled the batting order with Gardner down. Starlin Castro, who had been in the seventh spot, was moved into Gardner’s 2-hole. Aaron Hicks was inserted in left field and batting ninth. Chase Headley, who was originally at the bottom of the order, was moved up to seventh.

Prior to Wednesday, Gardner displayed no ill effects from the injury. Just the opposite. He is hitting .500 on the homestand with three runs, two doubles, one home run and two RBI in 16 at-bats.

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