Gardner shutdown another 3-4 weeks

Brett Gardner got a second opinion on his injured elbow today and the doctor agreed with the previous diagnosis – elbow muscle strain, bone bruise and joint inflammation that have not fully healed, the Yankees said in a statement.

The Yankees also said that Gardner was given platelet-rich plasma and a cortisone shot and will rest the elbow a full 3-4 weeks with an elbow brace before beginning rehab.

Gardner has already had two setbacks and been out two full months so the Yankees will no doubt be very slow as he tries to rehab his elbow a third time. Six weeks seems on the optimistic end if he’s out a month before resuming baseball activities. It might be safer to assume that he’ll be out eight weeks though given that this injury has already lingered well past what they initially expected.

The Yankees have had Raul Ibanez as Gardner’s primary replacement for most of the last two months with Andruw Jones, Dewayne Wise, and Jayson Nix helping to carry the load as well. The only one who has been hitting has been Ibanez, but he’s been terrible defensively and is liable to cost the Yankees in a big situation. Wise is the best fielder, but potentially the worst bat of the group.

The Yankees have a few options they could call on from the minors, but nothing exciting. Chris Dickerson is probably the most obvious. The rest of the group probably don’t have the bats to be considered real upgrades over Wise.

The Yankees could turn to the trade market. It might be good for them to trade for an outfielder that is still under contract in 2013 that they could slide into right field next season if Nick Swisher leaves via free agency. That’s just me thinking out loud though.

So far Brian Cashman has denied looking toward the trade market for a replacement, but that was before we found out that mid-August is the earliest we could expect Gardner back.

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10 Responses to Gardner shutdown another 3-4 weeks

  1. Mike Sommer says:

    I'd rather see a Mustelier callup, if anything.

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    I'm gonna keep riding this pony: Gardner's injury shows how dumb it was to sign both Jones and Ibanez. I think a trade is unlikely, let's see what Dickerson and Mustelier can do.

    • There weren't options available that were much better defensively at the time.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        You have got to be kidding. Damon is through as a hitter, but he's much better defensively than Ibanez. Dickerson, Cust, Wise these guys are all better than Ibanez with the glove. In fact there were only a couple of options who were worse with the glove than Ibanez (Guerrero and Matsui). Shoot even Branyan might be better in the OF than heckle-jeckle Raul. Ibanez is 40 this year, coming off a terrible year, with groin injury issues over the last 3 years. This was a terrible signing if you're expecting him to wear a glove, and only a bad signing without the glove. His OBP is all of .306, which stinks. For a team with a $200 mil+ payroll to have no competent 4th OF is laughable.
        If you're in love with Ibanez, okay, then at least make sure that the 4th OF is someone who can play everday if necessary, and not a bum kneed OF who's hitting .224 with an OBP of .316, and only .193 and .254 against lefties. It's time to stop signing older players who either can't stay healthy (Nick Johnson, Chavez), can't play everday for a couple of weeks if needed (Jones), or are too old (Ibanez).

        • The Yankees were looking for a DH, not a left fielder. He's been asked to do more than they ever imagined and he's been bad in the outfield, but overall been solid considering. Besides, considering he has as good or a better bat than everyone you mentioned and Wise is the only one you mentioned who is significantly better than him defensively, I'm sticking with my original assessment.

          • Sorry, forgot about Dickerson. He's got a decent bat against lefties and is very solid defensively. If not for the fact that he isn't on the 40-man roster, he would already be in the big leagues. Little bit of a roster crunch at the moment it seems.

          • Tanned Tom says:

            Then he got injured after like 1 week, rendering it academic, but going forward…

  3. Yankeesnow says:

    Ya know tanned tomato Whe don't you put the pinstripes on and manage you sound like you have all the answers…Oh mighty wise one….Why don't you just shut it!!!!Your comments show a lack of knowledge…

    • Tanned Tom says:

      You're free to skip reading my comments if they're going to raise your blood pressure. You can go back to sucking your toes now.

    • Let's keep this civil. Stop with the name calling.

      We should all keep in mind that the Yankees are in 1st place so this signing couldn't have been that bad. The problem is not with Ibanez, it was Gardner getting hurt.