Thursday, December 2, 2010
Turns out, Gardner dealt with inflammation in his wrist from that day on. And after giving it some time following the season, hoping that his wrist would feel better, Gardner and the Yankees opted for surgery to correct the problem.
In his career, Gardner’s hit .289/.370/.393 in the half of the season and .237/..341/.331 in the second half. Part of the reason for that split seems to be that Gardner has played through some injuries that affected him. It’s tempting to think that if he can stay healthy for an entire season he could be even more valuable than he currently seems to be, but it’s also possible that his style of play and the things that make him valuable are not conducive to being healthy for an entire year.
Just ask Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves, whose nightmarish season took another bad turn this week, when he underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured collar bone suffered in a bike riding accident in his native Mexico.
Aceves became an after-thought in 2010 but he was a really important piece of the 2009 bullpen and with the Yankees having very few spots on their team that they can use for an upgrade, it’d be nice to see him back healthy and effective in 2011. Unfortunately, this injury doesn’t help with that, although it doesn’t appear to be major.
Also mentioned in the article, the Yankees re-upped with Sergio Mitre, which I don’t have an issue with. They are supposedly debating on whether or not to offer Dustin Moseley arbitration. I’ll email Brian Cashman with my suggestion.
Oh, and the Yankees and some shortstop are still negotiating or something.