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Brett Gardner won’t rejoin Yankees before July 27

Jul 10, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave an update on Brett Gardner‘s health status, telling Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York that “the earliest you will see him is the 27th of July.”

Gardner has been out since mid-April with a sprained elbow, suffering multiple setbacks along the way after initially being given a two-week recovery timetable.

Cashman revealed that the left fielder has progressed to swinging off a tee, but that doesn’t mean much considering Gardner had previously progressed to starting a minor-league rehab assignment before being shut down again.

Between all his setbacks and Andruw Jones‘ recent strong play the Yankees will obviously play it very safe with Gardner’s new timetable.

  1. basedrum777 - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    He needs to hurry back before our potion runs out with Jones and Ibanez…

    • sictransitchris - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      Last I saw of him he wasn’t wearing an elbow brace like he was a week or two prior so that’s a good sign. I know we’re doing well but it wouldn’t hurt the Yankees to have some speed in that lineup.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Is he the new Grady Sizemore?

    • bigharold - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      No that’s Jacoby Elsbury.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:53 AM

        Elsbury is coming off the DL this week.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 10, 2012 at 11:13 PM

      is your team still in last place? yep they are

  3. Jeremy T - Jul 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    He’s been my favorite Yankee for the last year or two, games just aren’t as entertaining without him on the field. Jones has been surprisingly strong, but all these setbacks are very frustrating. Hopefully he can progress as expected this time and make it back for the stretch run.

  4. randygnyc - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Plan A- Denard Span, only if the Twins throw in Scott Diamond
    Plan B- CarGo
    Plan C- Justin Upton
    Gardner won’t have an impact this year, so by replacing him with an outfielder with speed that can take over for Swisher next year, would be prudent.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      I like how you ranked them in ascending order of talent.

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    I hope he’s been taking this time he’s been rehabbing and learned how to bunt.

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