Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The Good News Is That Brett Gardner Does, Indeed, Still Have an Elbow…
From Andrew Marchand at ESPN New York:
New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, who has played just nine games all season, won’t return for at least another two-and-a-half weeks, general Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com.
“The earliest you will see him is the 27th of the July at the major league level,” Cashman said Tuesday.
Gardner has been sidelined with a right elbow strain, an injury he suffered while diving for a ball in mid-April. After the initial diagnosis, the Yankees had hoped Gardner would be back in two weeks.
Gardner made it to minor league rehab games before having to be shut down again. After going to see elbow specialists, the hope was that Gardner would return shortly after the All-Star break.
The best-case scenario now is that the speedy Gardner will be in a Yankee uniform toward the end of the month.
“He is swinging off of a tee,” Cashman said. “He’s been fine but as you know, his first two outings that’s what he did. He was fine until he got all the way through a major league rehab. There is going to be a lot of, ‘He’s fine,’ up until he is playing in rehab games.”
The hitting equivalent of the flat mound squad just has to be the tee ball squad, right?
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