Gardner played well in a 1-0 Scranton/W-B loss to Columbus. It was the first of a doubleheader at Frontier Field Tuesday night. Gardner was not scheduled to play in game two.
He made only one putout on a fairly routine fly ball to end the first inning. Every other fielding play was returning a single back to the infield.
Gardner hit a pair of solid line drives for singles in his first two at-bats--one to left, one to right. His final AB was a groundout.
Although Gardner admitted he could spend weeks in the minors and never get his timing perfect, it was a promising return. "I felt better than I thought I would," he said.
Gardner did not know when he would re-join the major league Yankees, but Red Wing officials expected him to play in Wednesday night's 9-inning game and then go back to the majors.