Injured Yankees oufielder Brett Gardner took a big step toward a return yesterday when he reported no pain in his injured elbow after taking dry swings with a bat, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.
Gardner injured his elbow making a diving catch back in the middle of April. Since then he has suffered multiple setbacks keeping him off the field. Now it appears he’s finally ready to step up his workouts and could be as little as 10 days away from a Bronx comeback. First, Gardner will go through some hitting drills for about a week and then will participate in probably three minor league rehab games.
The Yankees have missed Gardner more than anyone expected over the past month and a half. Not only has his bat been taken out of the lineup, but his superb defense has been replaced by the atrocious Raul Ibanez in left. The lack of speed on the bases has also severely hampered the Yankees ability to create runs. Even if he comes back and struggles with his timing at the plate, to be expected, he will immediately give them a lift defensively and on the bases which will make the Yankees a better team.