Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner looked poised to rejoin the Yankees this week after a pair of Triple-A rehab games. It’s not going to happen though as the speedy outfielder had swelling and soreness in his elbow following Wednesday night’s game and will go in for another MRI, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
This is terrible news for the Yankees because despite the fact that Gardner is not a superstar, his defense has been a big part of what has made the Yankees successful over the past two seasons. In his place they have used Andruw Jones and the terrible fielder Raul Ibanez, which hasn’t been terrible offensively, but has been a disaster and cost the Yankees quite a few runs defensively. Gardner’s absense has also meant significantly more playing time for Eduardo Nunez, which further hurts the team’s defense.
Hopefully he just needs another week or two, but anytime an elbow injury like this lingers Tommy John Surgery immediately comes to mind. If that happens, Gardner would almost definitely be done for the year and the Yankees would likely have to hit the trade market for a replacement.