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Brett Gardner to have elbow surgery next week, likely done for season

Jul 19, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

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Brett Gardner has been trying to come back from a right elbow injury for three months. And now he’ll likely have to wait until 2013 to play another major league game.

According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees announced this evening that Gardner will undergo surgery next week to remove inflamed tissue from the elbow and is likely to miss the rest of the season. The surgery will be performed by Yankees team doctor Christopher Ahmad.

Gardner hasn’t played since April 17 due to the injury. He tried to ramp things up multiple times, even going on two rehab assignments, but the discomfort in the elbow lingered. His latest setback came after he faced live pitching over the weekend.

The Yankees have relied on a combination of 40-year-old Raul Ibanez and 35-year-old Andruw Jones in left field during Gardner’s absence. While that certainly isn’t the way Yankees general manager Brian Cashman drew it up during the offseason, they seem to be doing just fine. Heck, even Dewayne Wise has played well in a small sample. Still, Cashman figures to keep an eye out for improvements in the coming days.

  1. surefooted1 - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Dman. That’s unfortunate. I hate it when any player needs surgery.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I don’t think the Yankees will be able to trade for Matt Kemp to fill in at the corner, but anything less than Justin Upton or denard span (only if they throw in Scott Diamond), is a waste of time and not worth the prospects. I can’t believe I’ve heard names like Victorino, the ultimate offensive liability scrub, mentioned for the Yankees. Personally, I’ll take my chances with the troika of an ibanez/jones/wise rotation. It’s unreasonable to mortgage the future just to add a little piece to what is already the best baseball team on the planet.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      …you know, if I didn’t know better, I’d think maybe–just maybe–you were trollin’

      • Ari Collins - Jul 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        Most trolls aren’t smart enough to sound stupid in that many different ways. And yeah, randy really is that stupid.

        If Victorino is the “ultimate offensive liability scrub,” then randy must be very glad they won’t have Gardner on his team for the rest of the year, considering how similar their career numbers are.

  3. garryfish - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Maybe the Yankees will pick up Rick Ankiel on a flyer. Nothing to lose, everything to gain

    • Kevin S. - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      What is there to gain? He has a solid arm and decent power on the rare occasions he actually squares up a ball. That’s about it.

  4. heathater4lifeson - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Randy where did u hear kemp is tradable? The face of a franchise that is Rebuilding and in the chase for their division title usually isn’t on the market. Leave it to a Yankee fan to think they could pull off a trade for kemp

  5. charlescub80 - Jul 20, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    I also laughed when I saw the kemp to Yankees. Good stuff.

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