New York Yankees: Brett Gardner Has Yet Another Setback, Is It Time to Worry?

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 24, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees looks on from the bench during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on May 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees could use Brett Gardner back in the Bronx as soon as possible.

The Yanks were hoping to have Gardner back a couple of weeks ago, but he experienced a setback and was unable to return. He will still fly to Tampa Thursday, but they were hit with some more bad news about his situation.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, Gardner has run in to more problems in his recovery process:

 

Girardi said Gardner still felt some stiffness in elbow. Will fly to Tampa as scheduled. Plan for him to try and hit off tee on Monday

— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 24, 2012

 

The Yankees can only manage so long without Gardner in their lineup, and hopefully he will not have to face any more setbacks. Gardner will not be able to hit off a tee until Monday, meaning he is looking at a bit more time away from the Bronx.

Gardner was hitting .321 with a .424 on-base percentage through nine games at the beginning of the season before he injured his elbow making a play in left field.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01:  Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees hits a single against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning during Game One of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 1, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York
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With two setbacks in two weeks, should the Yankees begin to worry about Gardner? 

 

Is there a need to look into other options in the outfield?

It appears that the Yankees remain optimistic about Gardner and his recovery, but who is to say that he will not have a third or fourth setback?

Perhaps the Yankees might want to begin to target a few outfielders should Gardner experiences any more stiffness and pain over the weekend.

There seems to be very little progress in Gardner's rehabilitation, and that should scare the Yanks a bit as the season continues.