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Brett Gardner had another setback, may miss rest of season

Jul 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Brett Gardner has suffered yet another setback in his recovery from an elbow injury that was initially deemed minor and the Yankees left fielder is now in danger of missing the remainder of the season.

Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner had to be shut down due to soreness in his elbow following a simulated game Sunday, which is the same thing that happened last time he was getting close to returning.

Gardner’s agent described him as “very frustrated” and he’s scheduled for an MRI exam to assess the latest damage, which all stems from a diving catch attempt on April 17 that left him with a bone bruise.

Gardner’s speed, defense, and on-base skills make him a very good all-around outfielder when healthy, but the Raul Ibanez-Andruw Jones platoon has been productive enough that Yankees left fielders rank right around average in OPS for the position.

  1. Alex K - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Is it just me or does this picture of Gardner make him look a lot like Girardi?

    • Kevin S. - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

      It’s not just you. Nice spot.

    • Glenn - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      I always kind of thought that he looks like the third one from the left on the “evolution of the horse” chart.

    • protius - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      It’s you.

  2. number42is1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Let the Justin Upton rumors begin…..

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:56 AM

      Let the Grady Sizemore comparisons continue.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:59 AM

        Who compared him to Grady Sizemore? They’re really not similar players at all.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:46 PM

        Grady is the better player when healthy. They both seem to be snake bit.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Do the Yanks not have any fast outfielders in their farm system to bring up?

    • rpb1234 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:02 AM

      Dwayne Wise is already on the bench. He is fast…

    • thenoblefacehumper - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      Not sure if you’re implying that Gardner’s speed is the only thing he brings to the table, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  4. CJ - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Reuben? Yeah, Mr. Cashman’s on line 1.

  5. protectthishouse54 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Ibanez and Jones have filled in nicely, but right now, I’d gladly trade their power supply for Gardner’s speed and average.

  6. flyerscup2010 - Jul 17, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    he did bad things to my fantasy team this year

  7. stackers1 - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    This is no knock on Gardner, but I always thought he looks like Lee Harvey Oswald.

  8. nbjays - Jul 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Good fielder, great on the basepaths… too bad he seems to be made of glass.

    • protius - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      He has become Captain Boo boo.

  9. kevinbnyc - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Brett Gardner may rival Michael Young in the overrated department. Guy is decent but he’s not the second coming just because he’s fast. He could bunt for a single every at bat…but he’s totally incapable of bunting.

  10. ejannetta - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I don’t dislike Gardner…BUT! Let’s face it, the guy is a “GLASSMAN” ..he is always hurt just
    like Ellsbury and Crawford for the Sox..all these guys are “Glassmen”…Remember Nick Johnson?
    Always on the DL…The Yankees need to look elsewhere to replace him and move on.

  11. yournuts - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    The Yanks might bring back Melky at the end of this year. He is a free agent.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Melky cant play well in NY. Too much pressure.

      • yournuts - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:35 PM

        I don’t know about that. I see him in San Fransicko play all the time. He started to jell last year in Kansas City but now I hear he wants back in to NY. His best friends are Arod and Cano.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        So why did the Yankees dump him?

      • protius - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:13 PM

        Canadian, you’re begging the question. You’re assuming the Yankees dumped him, i.e., got rid of him because they didn’t want him. The alternative is that they had to use Melky as a major piece in a trade to get two pitchers.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        Were the pitchers any good?

      • protius - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM

        Canadian, one of the pitchers, Boone Logan, is doing quite well for the Yankees as a left handed relief pitcher; the other, Javier Vazquez, sucked eggs.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

        Thank you for the information.

      • protius - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        It was my pleasure.

  12. cackalackyank - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Shane Victorino heading to the Bronx…maybe?

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