Any slim hope the Yankees may have had that Brett Gardner would return from an elbow injury this season was almost certainly wiped out Thursday, when it was determined that he would have surgery.Wow, tough break for the Yanks and Gardner. So far, the Yankees have done very well in his absence, but I think it's about time to start looking a bit harder at the outfield trade market.
The Yankees announced that Gardner would have an arthroscopic procedure next week to remove inflamed tissue from his elbow. “It will most likely conclude his season,” a spokesman said.
Now the Yankees have less than two weeks to decide whether to make a trade before the July 31 nonwaiver deadline to get outfield help. Without Gardner, the Yankees have lost their fastest player and an occasional candidate to slide over and back up Curtis Granderson in center field. Gardner started 10 games in center in 2011, and this season Granderson has played in 90 games going into Thursday’s game against the Athletics, one fewer that Robinson Cano’s team lead.
Friday, July 20, 2012
From David Waldstein: