Brett Gardner Injury: Updates on Yankees OF's Oblique, Potential Return Date
Gardner is scheduled to undergo an MRI test on his oblique Friday, per CBS New York, in order to find out the severity of the injury and how long he could be out for. The Newark Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough notes that an oblique strain typically requires about a month of recovery time:
An oblique strain takes a month to recover from, usually. Might put Brett Gardner on ice for a while.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) September 13, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 13
From ESPN's Wallace Matthews:
Gardner Grade 1 strain, will be here Sunday, prob limited to pinch running— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) September 13, 2013
From The State-Ledger's Andy McCullough:
Gardner will be out "a while" says Girardi. Grade 1 strain.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) September 13, 2013
From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
Gardner may miss the rest of the season, Girardi said. He could return at some point as a pinch-runner.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 13, 2013
Following the game, Gardner talked about his injury and what his next move will be, per CBS New York: "I’ve never had an oblique issue before. The best thing to do is just wait until (Friday) and see what the MRI says. That’ll paint a much clearer picture."
If Gardner is forced to sit out for a month, he would miss the rest of the regular season and likely wouldn't be fit to return until mid-October. In that scenario, the Yankees would have to first make the playoffs and then be in contention long enough to welcome Gardner back in 2013.
Otherwise, the 30-year-old center fielder would likely be gone until next season.
A defensive stud for New York in the outfield, Gardner is batting .273 this season with an on-base percentage of .344 and a slugging percentage of .416. He has eight home runs and 52 RBI in 539 at-bats for the Yankees in 2013.
Losing Gardner for any significant amount of time would really set the Yankees back as they look to make a playoff push this September. New York has already sent Derek Jeter to the disabled list and is currently in a six-team battle for the two American League wild-card berths.
A native of Holly Hill, S.C., Gardner has played the past six seasons in New York since making his MLB debut back in 2008. He helped the Yankees win a World Series championship in 2009 and was the American League stolen base champion two seasons ago.
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