Gardner expects to return this season

After his second setback in as many months to his injured elbow, Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner decided to go see a couple of doctors to check things out. He saw the first of two doctors on Tuesday and Garnder didn’t really want to get into detail before he saw both doctors, but the Yankees did tell reporters that the injury isn’t related to any ligament damage.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with (the ligament),” manager Joe Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “I want to see what the other doctor says, then we’ll see what we’re going to do and how we’re going to approach it. I don’t think Gardy’s is anything to do with the ligament.”

Gardner didn’t have a timeline of when he expects to return, the Yankees will have to wait until Thursday when he meets with another doctor to do that. He did say that he expects to play again this year though.

“I definitely think I will (play this year),” Gardner told Jennings. “I definitely think I’ll be back and be back hopefully pretty soon.”

Gardner explained that the injury isn’t so much about putting up with the pain, but instead he says he physically isn’t capable of playing because of the injury. He said that he was 100 percent to start his rehab assignment, but was not by just his third at bat through.

At this point it could be that he just needs two to three full months to recover. He’s already had two setbacks so it doesn’t seem appropriate to expect much less than that. Hopefully he can get back before the end of August because the minor league season, where he’ll need to rehab, ends in September. It would also be nice to have him back long enough to the point where he’ll be 100 percent ready for the playoffs.

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