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Brett Gardner could be out through All-Star break after another setback with elbow

Jun 9, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Bombers.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Brett Gardner felt more pain in his elbow this morning after playing a rehab game with Low-A Charleston last night and will see a doctor on Monday. This is his second time he has been pulled off a rehab assignment since being placed on the disabled list in mid-April with a strained right elbow.

The Yankees were hoping to activate Gardner within the next couple of days, but manager Joe Girardi is now saying that he doesn’t expect him back until after the All-Star break.

Raul Ibanez has seen most of the playing time in left field during Gardner’s absence, with Andruw Jones, Jayson Nix, DeWayne Wise and Eduardo Nunez also filling in. We’ll probably add Chris Dickerson to that list soon now that he’s back in action with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but it will be interesting to see if the Yankees are in the market for some extra insurance for their outfield in the coming weeks.

  1. yankeehatersaredelusional - Jun 9, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Damn….
    Oh well, as long as nix doesn’t boot anymore balls in LF, we’ll manage

  2. mianfr - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    This has really been secretly rather devastating for the Yankees.

    Believe it or not, Gardner had accumulated roughly 15 fWAR in his first 450 games as a Major League player, which is tremendous. That’s about what Carlos Gonzalez and Justin Upton did, two players whose stars shine much brighter.

    Raul Ibanez has flashed some decent power, but he’s been pretty awful with the glove, in line with expectations. He wasn’t signed to play the field; it’s not his fault.

    Andruw Jones has started to come along a little, and is a useful player, but he’s obviously not his younger self.

    It’s probably a 3 to 3.5 win hit if Gardner can’t come back, which is substantial.

  3. mybrunoblog - Jun 9, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    This really hurts. Gardner is essentially the entire Yankees running game. The team has played well of late but you gotta hope this guys comes back sometime before the season ends.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 9, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Yankees should just take Harper from the nats or kemp from the dodgers to replace Gardner.

    • jwbiii - Jun 9, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      The Yankees don’t have enough to get Harper. Suggest a reasonable return for Kemp.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM

        the Yanks wouldnt want a punk like harper

      • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

        Paul O’Neill was rather popular.

      • jwbiii - Jun 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        Has Harper ever thrown a bat shard at a runner?

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jun 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    I’m starting to get the feeling that he’s not coming back this year.

  6. rico7207 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    He’s done so move on. Wasn’t that great any way.

  7. sgoordman - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    We lost Mo and we lost Gardner, but we’re still winning. We don’t need you to feel sorry for us. We don’t want anybody to feel sorry for us. We want you to save your pity and your sorrow for your team. Unless, of course your team has 27 World Series Championships. Do they? No, you don’t? Oh, too bad for you. We feel sorry for you and your team.

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