Thursday, June 14, 2012
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner could be back in three to four weeks, the club announced today, after doctors ruled out the possibility of a major injury that could have cost him his season.
Instead, two leading orthopedic surgeons confirmed that Gardner has a strained left elbow, a bone bruise, and joint inflammation, which have not fully healed.
Gardner underwent platelet rich plasma therapy and took a cortisone shot today. Doctors have recommended three to four weeks rest for the outfielder, who has suffered two setbacks in his attempt to return from the injury, which landed him on the disabled list in mid-April.
Given the way that Gardner and the Yankees have been sort of talking around the problem recently, this is certainly good news. Of course, there is still the matter of how the elbow responds in three to four weeks, but for the first time in awhile, there is cause for optimism regarding seeing Brett Gardner in a Yankee uniform this season.
The same article also notes that with David Robertson’s return, David Phelps was sent down to Single-A to build up arm strength in front of a return to to the Triple-A starting rotation. No surprise there.
h/t to keith.