The Yankees are getting desperate for the return of their speedy outfielder Brett Gardner, but they are going to be waiting a little longer. The latest MRI revealed that the bruise has healed, but pain in his not subsided so he’ll be on the shelf just a bit longer and will not begin hitting off a tee until Monday at the earliest, manager Joe Girardi announced after the game.
Things are going slow because he’s already had one setback and they want to be sure to avoid a third. Monday he’ll probably do some light hitting, it’ll progress over the week and he’ll maybe get into a few rehab games by the end of the week. That means it’s probably 10-14 days before he returns to the Bronx.