The 2013 Yankees season has been plagued with injuries at a ridiculous rate and just because the regular season ends in two weeks, doesn’t mean the injury bug is going to stop anytime soon. Yesterday, Brett Gardner became the latest Yankee to suffer an injury, this one possibly sidelining him for the remainder of the 2013 season.
On a check swing yesterday during his first AB, Gardner felt pain in his left side as he departed towards the dugout. He tried to stretch it out in the tunnel, hoping the pain would subside but it didn’t. Gardner was diagnosed with the an oblique strain on his left side but was sent for MRI’s this afternoon in New York to get a better understanding of the injury. Gardner was diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain, one that Joe Girardi understands will sideline him for the rest of the season.
“Rib cages don’t heal very quickly.” Girardi said. “But I think sometimes it depends on the individual too. It’s not like it’s just a few days. Is it possible it could be the rest of the year? Yeah.”
Gardner’s teammates are feeling the blow to Gardner’s injury, mostly Curtis Granderson who admits that it’s tough after Gardner has been playing very well this year.
“Gardy’s been playing well for us all season long.” Granderson said. “And he’s done some amazing things offensively and defensively. To have him go down the way he is…that’s definitely a tough thing to handle.”
For now the Yankees team is going to have to step up in the absence of Gardner. Gardner has been the one basically leading this team when the big pieces weren’t here with his fiery attitude and determination. A player like that isn’t easy to replace in the clubhouse and it’s going to be tough if Gardner can’t return to finish the season.
NOTES & NEWS
– Austin Romine passed his ImPACT tests yesterday and graduated to light batting practice. Romine’s going to see how he feels tomorrow after doing BP and it could be possible he plays vs. Toronto.
– Boone Logan seemed to have turned the corner in his rehab according to Joe Girardi. Girardi expects Logan to be back during the Toronto series if no more complications arise.
– Yesterday’s scoring of Mariano Rivera getting the win instead of David Robertson caused some controversy and when Joe Girardi was asked about it, he quipped “I’d like to see him get the save, but when I woke up this morning, it didn’t change my life.”
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