The Yankees offense has been more inconsistent this season than it has in the past couple and one big conspicuous missing person has been Brett Gardner and it looks like they aren’t getting him back anytime soon.
Gardner, who is recovering from a bruised elbow, has been out since mid-April and looked like he was on the verge of returning before he suffered his second setback in as many months.
“He woke up and had pain [Saturday],” manager Joe Girardi told George King and Mike Puma of the NY Post. “He will see the doctor and that’s all I got for you until we find out what is going on. Obviously it’s a setback.”
One setback happens, the fact that he’s experienced two now is very alarming. Gardner will head to see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday and then Dr. Timothy Kremcheck on Thursday and usually when players are off to see Dr. Andrews it means that Tommy John Surgery is a real possibility.
“Obviously, something’s not right,” Cashman said. “He still feels stiffness. He doesn’t feel right. Try to figure this thing out because we don’t have an answer to it.”
“He’s had [MRIs]. He had a muscle pull. Bruise is healed and then he re-pulled the muscle on his last rehab assignment.”
Tommy John is worse for pitchers than it is outfielders, but if needed it would certainly end Gardner’s season and force the Yankees to consider the outfield trade market. A big blow because it obviously cost something to get something and Gardner’s speed and defense will not be easily replaced.
BBD will have the updates as they happen.