Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner, who experienced his third setback during rehab yesterday, will undergo a MRI on Tuesday to determine whether surgery is needed to repair his elbow, according to George King of the NY Post.
Gardner hurt his elbow while making an awkward diving catch on April 17. The Yankees initially said the injury was minor, but he’s rested it for a month three times and each time he experienced soreness and had to be shutdown.
This is obviously not his first MRI. The few he’s had leading up to this showed only inflammation and doctors have suggested that he rest it. Hopefully he hasn’t further damaged his arm, but it may be that he needs more than just a month or two to let it heal. At this point a return anytime before September seems out of the question.
If he is out for the rest of the season, GM Brian Cashman said that he’d be willing to bite the bullet and continue the platoon they have in place. More likely they will make a trade though for an outfielder in the same mold as Gardner who has speed and can play defense.