It was a scary moment when it was announced that Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner suffered a setback with his injured elbow after a rehab start earlier this week because he had already missed about three weeks. When something like that happens the idea that Tommy John Surgery might be a possibility is hard to fight off.
But a second MRI revealed no further damage and Gardner will only miss a few more weeks instead of months. It turns out, Gardner probably just returns to the field a couple of days too soon.
“It’s not a seasonlong thing,” Gardner told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “I tried to get it going too early, and it’s something I’ve got to take a little more time with. Whether I take 10 days or who knows how long, I’ve got to get it right.
”I’ve always realized two days ago that it’s not something I can play through, it’s not something I can continue to go with. It’s something that I’ve got to get right before I get back after it.”
Gardner will now be shutdown for at least 10 days, but manager Joe Girardi suggests he might not be back for 15-25 days. Hopefully it’s not longer than that because not only is the defense much worse without him, but with Eduardo Nunez in the minors now, the Yankees only threats to run are Curtis Granderson and Derek Jeter, not quite as intimidating.