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Brett Gardner out Wednesday with lower abdominal strain

Jul 9, 2014, 6:27 PM EDT

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As first relayed by’s Bryan Hoch, left fielder Brett Gardner is out of the Yankees’ starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Indians due to a lower abdominal strain. Gardner first thought it was a groin strain, but that more-severe injury has already been ruled out by a team physician.

Zoilo Almonte is starting in left field and the Yankees also had to scratch Carlos Beltran after he fouled a ball off his face during batting practice. So this is what the “Bronx Bombers” are working with …

Gardner is optimistic that he will be able to return action by the end of this week.

  1. wshifflette - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    The evil empire is falling apart. Nova, Sabathia, Gardner, Beltran, and maybe Tanaka? There is a change-a-comin in the AL East.

    O’s Magic Baby!

  2. serbingood - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I am starting to get that 2013 feeling all over again. The Yankees are going to have trouble finding a way to field 9 healthy productive players by the end of July. Jeter’s retirement comes at a great time. Going out while he is on top and the team slides towards 1965 status.

    At least their farm system has players that are healthy enough to come up and play.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Really? And your proof of this, on the farm system, is?

      Well, to be fair, you said “play.” You didn’t say “play well.”

      • mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:51 PM

        When you spend years doing the “pump and dump” with your so-called prospects, trading them instead of developing them and promoting them, sooner or later it bites you in the rear.

        I don’t often indulge in schadenfreude, but when I do, the Yankees are one of my favorites for it.

  3. rcali - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That’s okay Yankee fans you still have Jeta!

  4. carpi2 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Lower Abdominal strain, or is it going to later be determined a sports hernia? The latter can become a season long problem for Gardner.

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