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Brett Gardner may miss the rest of the season

Sep 13, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

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Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner, who left yesterday’s game with a ribcage/oblique injury, has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain and could miss the rest of the season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that Gardner will be out “a while” and, if he does return before the end of the regular season, it may be strictly as a pinch-runner.

Gardner has been one of the few healthy, productive Yankees this season, playing in 145 of the first 147 games while hitting .273 with a career-high eight homers, a league-leading 10 triples, and a .759 OPS.

Curtis Granderson has shifted back to center field with Gardner out, leaving Alfonso Soriano and Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield corners.

  1. roseann894 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    MLB really ought to change that rule requiring that the Yankees appear in every post-season. They’re going to be a mess come October.

  2. cackalackyank - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    I guess Brett was feeling left out. Just about every other regular besides Cano has now been on the DL.

  3. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    well this blows. When did he get hurt? I didn’t even catch it. Do they wake up stretch and break an arm???? Yanks are going into the postseason with crutches if that.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Check swing in the first inning last night.

      • yankeepunk3000 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:39 PM

        guess that makes sense how he pulled it. grrr

  4. bigharold - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Like AM radio in the 60s, .. the hits just keep on coming.

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