The Yankees are still holding out hope that outfielder Brett Gardner is back sometime soon, but if it looks like the injured outfielder isn’t going to return, they will target a speedy replacement for him, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Gardner hasn’t played since April 17 and has already suffered two setbacks during rehab. He is expected to resume taking dry swings sometime next week, but isn’t expected to get into a rehab game for another two weeks at the earliest.
This is not the first time we’ve heard they would like a speedy replacement. About two weeks ago Heyman Tweeted that the Yankees wouldn’t be interested in Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who is available, because they wanted somebody with a similar skill set as Gardner to replace him. The Yankees have sorely missed Gardner’s defense and speed on the base paths since he’s been out as there is nobody else quite like him on the team.