Gardner gets cortisone shot after MRI reveals inflammation in wrist

The Big Man leads off a small series
Nick Swisher to undergo MRI tomorrow

Banged up leftfielder Brett Gardner received a cortisone shot in his right wrist today after an MRI revealed some inflammation but no structural damage. “I couldn’t have picked up a bat today,” said the leftfielder, who is out of the lineup for a second straight game.

Gardner has been experiencing discomfort in the wrist since getting hit by a pitch in the Dodgers series (yes, that long ago), though it started to flare up a bit more in Texas this past weekend. There’s still no timetable for his return (though it’s not expected to be long), and in case you’re wondering, he’s hitting just .229 with a .099 ISO since said hit by pitch. Chances are the two are not mutually exclusive.

The Big Man leads off a small series
Nick Swisher to undergo MRI tomorrow
  • PaulF

    Really hope they don’t have to go into the playoffs without Gardy; he’s so valuable on both defense and offense.

    • seimiya


  • larryf

    Sit the guy for as long as it takes. We must have him in the post-season.

  • Klemy

    I always loved how the cortisone shot helped with my throwing elbow, but hated when it wore off about 1.5 to 2 months later.

    Hopefully this will get him through the season so he can heal properly.

  • Jerome S

    I hope this means that next season he’ll keep up a .315/420/480 or what have you.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      I will eat my hat if Brett Gardner can slug .480 for a full season.

    • Mike Axisa

      I’ll be happy if he slugs .380.

      • Jerome S

        Yeah I meant .380 my Bad.

        • Jerome S

          Or you know, something. Now I admit, I had no Idea what I was aying with the slugging, cuz I don’t know what good slugging is for a guy like Brett,

        • Avi

          His swing def looks different than from earlier in the year when he was shooting balls through the right side. He also seems like he doesn’t want to swing at certain points lately. you see him not even flinch on pitches down the pipe.

          • Avi

            I mean LEFT SIDE of infield

          • vin

            Part of that is he doesn’t like to swing early in the count. At last check (about a week ago) he was leading all of MLB with pitches seen/PA. Once his wrist starts feeling better, it wouldn’t hurt him to jump on a first pitch FB every now and again just to keep himself from falling into a hole.

      • Chris

        He’s at .378 on the season, so .380 isn’t really pushing it.

  • BigBlueAL

    Looks like we might be seeing Golson play RF for all 3 games in Tampa.

    Although I wouldnt be surprised to see Thames play RF in one of the games if not the next 2.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      I predict 4 Golson grand slams in the series.

      • Ross in Jersey

        Stop trying to one-up my accurately called Moeller double!

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

          Release the Golson?

          • seimiya

            It doesn’t really have the same ring to it…


  • Mike HC

    Gardner has clearly worn down as the season has gone on. Considering his size and playing style, I guess it is not that surprising. I really would not be terribly upset if they ended up trading him this off season for a starting pitcher. His value this year is undeniable, but if another team is extremely high on Gardner, I think the Yanks would be smart to pull the trigger.

    • nsalem

      What starting pitcher do you have in mind?

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      What starting pitcher, though, do you think
      A.) some other team would be willing to trade for a Brett Gardner-centric package
      B.) will also be an upgrade over the other starting pitcher options we’d consider

      That’s the rub. Sure, I can see the other 29 teams being interested in Gardner, but the caliber of pitcher we’d demand in return to give up Gardner for is probably too good to be traded for just Brett Gardner and stuff.

      We’ll shop, but finding a match seems highly unlikely. That goes for ALL of our outfielders, btw. The pitchers we want we couldn’t get for just Gardner or Granderson or even Swisher. The pitchers we can get for Gardner or Granderson or Swisher aren’t good enough for us to give up those useful outfielders.

      I don’t see it.

      • Avi

        Trades of value for value just don’t happen anymore. The only way you get a good starting pitcher (in a trade) is in a salary dump scenario. That’s why i feel the yanks REALLY missed the boat on Halladay and Oswalt. i would’ve used Joba as the centerpiece in a trade for them. Joba was more desirable then any one player the blue jays got for halladay, and was at least as desirable as Happ when houston traded Oswalt. And btw thank god seatlle turned us down on montero for cliff lee. Montero for three months of Cliff Lee, what were they thinking??

      • bexarama

        Agreed all around.

        I mean, the only pitcher I can see that we might be interested in that might be moved, and we might be able to get for a Gardner-centered package, is Greinke. Maybe. And that’s a long shot, and as awesome as Greinke is, he’d be a pretty big risk. IMO.

        (If I’m forgetting some terribly obvious pitcher that might be traded, let me know?)

        • Avi

          No you’re not. Grenkie is def the most likely next salary dump. Other guys you’d think have at least a small possibilty of being dealt are josh johnson, Verlander and Felix (highly unlikely on the last two)

          • nsalem

            Johnson is signed through 2013.

          • bexarama

            All of those are insanely unlikely, they just got signed to totally reasonable longish-term deals over the 2009-2010 offseason

        • Chris

          Garnder’s OBP is too high, the Royals wouldn’t want him.

      • nsalem

        Gardner,Granderson and Swisher are under control for the
        next two years at around 20 mil total which will probably
        be about what Crawford is going to go for. This is an outfield
        that we can win with, I don’t see the point in breaking up
        such valuable and economical pieces.

    • ZZ

      Gardner has clearly worn down as the season has gone on. Considering his size and playing style, I guess it is not that surprising

      I know, right. If he was only a couple inches taller the pitch would have hit him in the ribs and not the wrist.

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    • Chris

      Gardner has clearly worn down as the season has gone on.

      No. He hasn’t. People keep saying it, but repeating it doesn’t make it true.

      He had a bad 10 game stretch in early August, and a very good stretch in June. Other than those two times, he’s basically the same player the entire year.