Friday, May 11, 2012
NEW YORK — Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner will miss at least two more weeks after an MRI exam yesterday revealed he has reinjured his right elbow.
“We’re going to be without Gardy for a while here,” manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees beat the Rays, 5-3 Thursday. “It’s very unfortunate. He swung the bat well in Triple-A, but somehow he irritated that muscle again.”
Even if you think Gardner’s defense is overrated, there’s no question the Yankees miss him.
That’s what the Yankees have gotten out of LF since Gardner went down on April 17 compared to his baseline CAIRO projection pro-rated to the same # of PA. I’m not even including baserunning or SB in the BR, and this ignores defense as well. Purely in the batter’s box the Yankees have lost close to half a win. I wouldn’t be surprised if by the time he’s back the Yankees will have lost a full win if you factor in everything.
That being said, I’m not sure a trade is imminent or makes much sense. It might make sense if the Yankees are considering a youngish OF who can take over should they let Nick Swisher walk at the end of the year, but the cost for that is likely to be pretty steep and it’s probably not a huge upgrade for 2012.
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