The Yankees were actually pretty fortunate with Brett Gardner‘s injury. The way he came down on that catch, he could have easily caught his wrist under his body and broken it, putting him on the shelf potentially for months. As it happened, Gardner was able to avoid a more brutal injury, but he did land on his elbow, bruising it, so the Yankees put him on the 15-day disabled list.
Now, Yankees manager Joe Girardi is expecting to have Gardner back as soon as the 15 days are up.
“We thought it was his wrist at first, which came up a little bit sore,” Girardi told Jason Mastrodonato of MLB.com. “But he landed right [on his elbow] and it got tucked under. The big thing is that we don’t have a setback — that the first time he swings, he doesn’t feel it.”
“My thought is he will [be ready],” Girardi said. “If it takes a few more days, it takes a few more days.”
As with any injury, the sooner he comes back the better, but in this case Girardi is using Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez in Gardner’s place in left. So they have essentially taken out one of the best defensive players in the game and replaced him with two guys who are so far past their prime that mistakes in the outfield are almost inevitable, especially when it comes to Ibanez.