Brett Gardner‘s injury initially wasn’t expected to be severe at all. A DL stint and two setbacks later and the Yankees are talking as if he might never come back.
When speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he doesn’t feel like the Yankees necessarily need to trade for an outfielder if Gardner is out for longer than expected.
“I think we’re okay with the platoon situation out there,” Girardi told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. “These guys have done a pretty good job. It allows us to rotate our DH. That’s something we’ll look at. Obviously you’d like to have some speed, but I think we’re okay. We might do some other things to help us out; who knows?”
The Yankees might want to consider some of those “other things” because Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones, the platoon Girardi was referring to, haven’t been exactly lighting the ball up lately. Ibanez has been hitting .200/.269/.333/.602 against righties over the past month while Jones has been hitting .185/.267/.519/.785 against lefties in the same span.
Ronnier Mustelier is one possible internal option if they want to avoid the trade market. In 48 games in Triple-A this season, he is hitting .311/.354/.474/.828 while playing mostly left field. When speaking with BBD earlier this month, Girardi admitted that the Yankees have thought about promoting him.