NEW YORK -- Joe Girardi was still waiting on opinions from Drs. James Andrews and Timothy Kremcheck on Wednesday morning regarding Brett Gardner's MRI, but he was able to confidently pencil Andruw Jones into the lineup in left field.
Jones hit his 12th homer of the season in Tuesday night's 6-1 win over the Blue Jays and fifth in his past 10 games, as he platoons in left field with Raul Ibanez, creating a tandem most expected to be restricted to designated hitting. The lineup looks different with the 35-year-old Jones and 40-year-old Ibanez than it would with 28-year-old Gardner, but it works.
"[Gardner] can always make things happen. He can steal bases, he plays tremendous defense in the outfield. He's missed," Jones said. "When they call our names, we've just got to go out there and get the job done. With Gardner out, me and Raul have got to get the job done until he gets back or whatever happens. When Brett comes back, we can come off the bench."
But the Yankees have no idea when or if Gardner will be back after he suffered a third setback earlier this week in his return from a right elbow strain. Girardi acknowledges Gardner is the one player who makes his lineup a little more dynamic with his speed, but the veterans Jones and Ibanez provide pop.
The pair combined for 63 starts in left field entering Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays and hit 14 homers, drove in 35 runs and scored 31 in that time. Jones hit an early three-run homer in Tuesday's win. Ibanez hit a go-ahead grand slam late in Monday's victory.
"When you can platoon your left fielders in a sense and get a ton of production from them -- and it's not just singles, they're home runs with RBIs -- it really helps," Girardi said.
Cano extends personal-best hit streak to 21 games
NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano has wasted little time extending his hitting streak of late, and Wednesday was no different.
The Yankees second baseman sent a first-inning fastball from Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero to left field, where Rajai Davis was unable to make the tough catch. He was credited with a double, giving him a career-high 21-game hitting streak during an inning in which the Yanks stormed out to a 4-0 lead.
In each of his past five games, Cano extended the streak in his first at-bat.
Cano is the only Major Leaguer with a hitting streak of at least 15 games in each of the past four seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. But he never had a streak this long, and it marks the first 20-game streak in New York since Derek Jeter hit safely in 20 consecutive games in 2007, and Alex Rodriguez hit safely in 23.
Cano was hitting .295 before the streak started but entered Wednesday with a .320 average after going 32-for-79 through the streak's first 20 games. He had six doubles, six homers, 20 RBIs and 13 runs scored with a .405 average in that time.
"A 20-game hit streak means that he's being productive," said manager Joe Girardi. "As far as how far it goes, I really haven't thought too much about that. I think all of us expect Robby to have good at-bats every day, and when he does that, he's going to get his base hits. Him hitting in 20 straight games doesn't really surprise me."
Yanks recall Phelps from Triple-A, option Mitchell
The Yankees recalled right-hander David Phelps from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre following Wednesday's 6-0 rain-shortened win over the Blue Jays and optioned right-hander D.J. Mitchell to Triple-A.
Phelps, 25, is 1-3 with a 3.05 ERA in 15 games (three starts) with the Yankees this season. His last Major League start came on July 4, when he allowed one run and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings.
Mitchell had a 3.86 ERA in 4 2/3 innings in two stints with the Yankees this season.
Reliever Joba Chamberlain will make another rehab appearance Friday in Florida after he threw a 1-2-3 inning Tuesday for the GCL Yankees, manager Joe Girardi said.
On this date in 1999, David Cone completed the third perfect game in Yankees history, retiring all 27 batters he faced in a 6-0 win against Montreal. Girardi caught Cone, who needed only 88 pitches to complete the game with 10 strikeouts.
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