Gardner sees Dr. Andrews, set for follow-up
Brett Gardner has suffered a second setback to his injured right elbow, and according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, the speedster is likely to be out at least through the All-Star break, if not longer.
Gardner, who was shut down again after feeling soreness following the first game of a rehab assignment last weekend, saw noted elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday. The Yankees had not yet received any news about the visit prior to Monday night's game in Atlanta, but Gardner was scheduled to see Dr. Tim Kremchek for a follow-up on Thursday.
"I'm not sure when we will see him again," Girardi said prior to Saturday’s Yankees-Mets game in the Bronx. "I said that if he has another setback, it will be after the All-Star break. There is concern that we won't have him for a while."
Gardner has been on the disabled list since April 18 after suffering a bone bruise and strained muscle in his right elbow. He went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and played five innings in left field in the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs' win on Friday night, but woke up Saturday morning with more soreness and was sent for re-evaluation.
This was the second time Gardner had tried to complete a rehab assignment and return fron the injury. He had also played a pair of games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early-May, but felt discomfort after that assignment and was shut down for nearly a month.
"He seems to get to a point where he can do everything he needs to do," Girardi said Saturday. "Then when he plays in the game, maybe it is the intensity being turned up a little bit, some swinging and missing, it seems to bother him."
The Yankees have used five different left fielders in Gardner’s absence, and general manager Brian Cashman admitted over the weekend that while he hasn’t had any talks about acquiring a potential long-term replacement, he is open to it depending on what Drs. Andrews and Kremchek find.
"I don't want to overexpose (Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones)," Cashman said.