New York Yankees Place Brett Gardner on DL with Multiple Arm Issues

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIApril 18, 2012

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 04: Outfielder Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees bats against the New York Mets in a spring training game April 4, 2012  at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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After Wednesday night's 6-5 loss to the Twins, the Yankees decided to place left fielder Brett Gardner on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left elbow and a strained arm muscle, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPNny.com.

On Tuesday against the Twins, Gardner made a diving catch and experienced a soreness in his elbow shortly thereafter.

He was in the starting lineup for Wednesday night's game, but felt discomfort and was scratched from the contest.

It seemed as if the Yankees were going to try to see if Gardner could recover on a day-to-day basis, but manager Joe Girardi figured it'd be best to give him a few weeks: "We will have to sit him down for awhile. We'll try to get him back after 15 days."

Andruw Jones and Eduardo Nunez will likely see the bulk of the time in left field, with Raul Ibanez—if you still consider him an outfielder—seeing a few starts as well over the next two weeks.

The offense should be fine in his absence, but the defense will surely suffer.

Jones is no longer the Gold Glove outfielder he used to be, and Nunez has struggled on defense no matter where he's played on the field. 

Ibanez...well, he's not really much more than a designated hitter at this point.

There are no signs that point to this being a long-term injury for Gardner, but we'll have to see in the upcoming days when more medical reports are released.

For now, the Yankees will have to play on without their speedy left fielder.