Yanks Under the Knife: Alfredo Aceves, Brett Gardner


Some people have none of the luck. Take, for instance, Alfredo Aceves. While the Yanks said he might have been available during the World Series had the team made it that far, the versatile long-man missed most of 2010 with a back injury. The Yanks announced this afternoon that Aceves had surgery to fix a broken left clavicle yesterday. The righty injured his collar bone in a bike accident in Mexico. Aceves, says the team, will need three months for rehab, and thus, an early March return will put him a few weeks behind schedule.

Meanwhile, Brett Gardner is set to go under the knife next week in order to cure his right wrist tendinitis. After a hot first half in which he hit .309/.396/.415, Gardner posted just a .232/.364/.330 line during the season’s second half and attributed his slide to a very sore wrist. The Yanks expect their left-fielder to be ready for Spring Training.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Between this clavicle injury and Aceves’ various other injuries, what is the over/under on the number of innings he throws in 2011?

  2. Tom Zig says:

    So who else needs surgery? The Yankees are setting a record for most surgeries in an off season.

  3. crawdaddy says:

    I bet Aceves starts throwing in February.

  4. mbonzo says:

    Gardner said that his wrist started to bother him June 27th against the Dodgers when he was hit by a pitch.

    From Apr 4th to June 26th he hit .321/.401/.418
    From June 27th to Oct 3rd he hit .232/.365/.340

    • Esteban says:

      And he had hit .383/.465/.533 in June through 6/26.

    • Mark says:

      Most impressive thing for me about last season, he maintained a .365 OBP after the injury which proves his knowledge of the zone wasn’t a half season fluke.

      • mbonzo says:

        I was always impressed with how Gardner progresses every year. I heard somewhere that when he entered college he was forced to play every sport, and he had barely any experience in baseball. When he didn’t make the walk-on tryouts he came back to the first official practice and played beside everyone until he became a starter. If you look at Gardner’s numbers he has progressed every year all the way to 2010. He seems to be a really hard worker and a fast learner.

      • Chris says:

        There was a 10 game stretch at the beginning of August where he just didn’t get on base at all. If you take that out, then his OBP was over .400 basically the entire season.

        The real impact of his wrist was a complete lack of power in the second half.

  5. Steve H says:

    Aaron Boone gets hurt playing basketball, the Yankees replace him with Alex Rodriguez.

    Alfredo Aceves gets hurt riding his bike, the Yankees replace him with…..

  6. theyankeewarrior says:

    Riding a bicycle = stupid.

    Riding a bicycle fast enough to get injured = stupider.

    Riding a bicycle fast enough to get injured while you’re rehabbing from a back injury = stupiderer

    Riding a bicycle fast enough to get injured while you’re rehabbing from a back injury AND YOU’RE A FUCKING PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER THAT’S LOOKING AT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN RAISES IF YOU CAN HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON = stupidest.

    Awesome, Alfredo.

    • mbonzo says:

      The clavicle is one of the easiest bones to break. You have no idea if he was riding a bike fast. He could have been riding it to rehab from his back injury to help him get those millions of dollars.

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        You’re right, he could have been riding it slowly, and it could have been a freak accident that was completely uncontrollable. (other than the fact that he should never be on a bike, making it 100% controllable)

        I’ll estimate the percentage of that (and again, I could be way off here) at around 7%.

        My apologies, Alfredo.

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        He could be doing countless other things to rehab from a back injury that are less dangerous than riding a bike.

    • Steve H says:

      Should baseball players spend their offseason in bubble wrap? What if he were golfing and got run over by a golf cart? Would golfing be stupid for baseball players to do in the offseason? What if he was swimming and Pete Abe cannonballed him and broke his clavicle, would swimming be outlawed? What if he was washing his car and…(oh nevermind, Jeff Kent already tried that one).

    • Esteban says:

      Why is riding a bicycle stupid? Or do you you mean athletes shouldn’t ride bicycles at all?

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        I would suggest that a pitcher coming off of a back problem may want to get all of his cardio work done on a stationary bike.

        Or on a treadmill. Or in a swimming pool. Or on a track.

        A bike might be the last place I’d suggest him to get work in.

      • theyankeewarrior says:

        And yes, I mean for a professional athlete (who is not a cyclist)

        Not tryin to be the best at exercisin’

        /Kenny Powers’d

    • theyankeewarrior says:

      I forgot one.

      BEING IN MEXICO in the year 2010… stupid


    • Rob NY says:

      You’re right, he should do something non-athletic like… play Guitar Hero so there is a negligible chance of him getting injured. Oh … I guess freak accidents are just freakish.

  7. vin says:

    The Mexican Gangster will ride again…

    • pat says:

      Love that picture. Only the Mexican Gangster can make playing video games in an arcade while wearing a cardigan look gangster.

  8. T-Dubs says:

    Aceves = Pavano 3.0
    (Cliff Lee, of course, being Pavano 2.0)

  9. Reggie C. says:

    Is BG the new NJ?

  10. All Star Carl says:

    Ace needs 6 weeks of rest, then 3 months of full rehab.

    He’ll be back in the middle of May. Most likely June.

    • Chris says:

      I’m not math whizz, but 6 weeks is mid January. Then 3 months to rehab is mid-April for a return.

    • Hmmm. You might be right. The way I interpreted it was as six weeks of rest as part of the three months of rehab. That would put him back on the mound on March 1. If he needs three months of rehab after six weeks of rest, he won’t be fully rehabbed until mid-April. So maybe we should expect early May for Aceves instead.

  11. theyankeewarrior says:

    For Alfredo’s rehab, I know some mean bike trails in Mexico that he should hit up. I hear cycling is great for healing clavicle, and back injuries.

  12. Jerome S says:

    So does this mean that we will someday see Gardner again squeak a ball into the OF?

  13. Monteroisdinero says:

    Gardy sliding headfirst also increases the risk of wrist damage. Sliding into first base for one of our few ALCS sparks of life= Gritty

    Next year with good health, better base-stealing and bunting=The Great Brettsky best bargain in baseball. If it had been the other wrist, his throwing and outfield assists would have been greatly decreased. I remember a few balls in the gaps that he may great efforts to get his glove on but couldn’t hold on. Perhaps the wrist was the reason. I love that guy.

    • Mike HC says:

      How is he planning on improving if he gets wrist surgery. Seems like he would have to focus more on that than on bunting, sliding etc … Maybe he could watch more tape though.

  14. andypettitteisastartingpitcher says:

    Why did Aaron Boone get cut? Because it specifically says you can’t engage in contact sports off-season? I don’t remember what happened. How long is that list and why doesn’t it include bicycles and why are they allowed to fly planes that could possibly crash into a building on the UES and kill you?

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