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Brett Gardner downplays talk of missing season, seeks second opinion on elbow

Jun 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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After his latest setback wiped out another planned minor-league rehab assignment Brett Gardner is getting a pair of opinions on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Tim Kremchek.

Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Yankees “refused to fully divulge what doctors have learned” and “declined to share details about the condition of his elbow” until after hearing from both doctors.

In the meantime manager Joe Girardi ruled out a torn ligament and Tommy John surgery, which would have ended Gardner’s season.

For his part Gardner insisted to reporters that he’ll play again this year, saying: “It really doesn’t matter what [Dr. Andrews] said. I think I’m going to play.” Of course, that’s not really how elbow injuries and doctors work, and the fact that missing the remainder of the season is now even in the discussion seems like a pretty discouraging sign.

Gardner has already missed two months with an injury initially described as an elbow strain.

  1. buffalomafia - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Good outfielder but can’t hit!

    • number42is1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 2:55 PM

      GREAT outfielder and he hits just fine for the leadoff/9 spot….

  2. buffalochris - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Great arm of the last year and a half, great wheels, and batting .265 over his career so that would put in 6th position among the Yankees current active roster position players. Not to mention in his 9 games this year he was batting .321 and I would believe that would have put him ONLY behind Jeter through 9….

    Nice try Buffalo, but try harder next time!

  3. badintent - Jun 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    wasn’t all the buffaloes killed by Wild Bill Cody ?100 still in “Yellow-belly ” stone

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