Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery next week


Brett Gardner will have arthroscopic surgery to remove inflamed tissue in his right elbow next week, the Yankees announced. Team doctor Dr. Ahmad will perform the procedure and it will likely end Gardner’s season.

Gardner suffered a bone bruise and an elbow strain on a sliding catch in the team’s 11th game of the season and has since suffered three setbacks during his rehab. He made it as far as minor league games in the first two attempts. The Raul Ibanez-Andruw Jones platoon has been absurdly productive in left field in the meantime, but the Yankees really lack speed on offense without Gardner. Plus their defense suffered big time. Whether or not they try to plug the hole via trade remains to be seen.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Erica says:


  2. Charles says:

    Noooooo :(

    Who do we get on the trade market then? Victorino?

  3. 23553 says:

    Well. That’s. Great.

  4. Dude says:

    What do we have to give up for ichiro?

  5. Karl Krawfid says:

    With the way Jones and Ibanez have been playing….I ain’t even mad. Gonna miss his defense though.

  6. Brian S. says:

    Ken Rosenthal’s sources are hearing Crawford for Rodriguez trade talks between the Red Sox and Yankees.

  7. Greg says:

    Will Venable from San Diego might be a good fit. Has a good average outside of Petco and is a good defender.

    The problem with Jones and Ibanez is that we don’t want them to break down in September.

  8. viridiana says:

    Can’t remember a year where so many seemingly minor injuries wind up burning the whole season. Same thing in minors too. And that doesn’t even count the weird and obvious seson-enders, like Pineda and Mo injuries. Guys just go on the 15 day DL and never come back.

  9. Guest says:

    if the yanks upgrade thats nice but if they don’t… won’t be mad they don’t have the best record for nothing and gardy missed all them games

  10. Robinson Tilapia says:

    At least there’s some finality to this now. I actually feel relieved.

    To me, nothing changes. You don’t panic. If the right person, who is an actual improvement, is there, you do it. If not, ten games in first with the cast we’ve got.

    • Andruw's Smile says:

      The only change I would see/ want to see is Wise or whoever getting more starts in LF vs Jones or Ibanez. Gotta keep those guys fresh for the stretch run

    • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

      Ah, closure.

    • Will (the other one) says:

      Agree 100%.

      This sucks, but it’s what I’d think most of us have been anticipating for a while now. The only thing that changes is that now the front office has the concrete resolution they need to determine their strategy going forward. Assuming Brett was never going to come back until much later in the season anyway, this is almost certainly for the best.

  11. FachoinaNYY says:

    Kinda hard to believe, this seemed so minor at the time

  12. Andruw's Smile says:

    It’s looking more and more like a Game 1 of the ALDS will feature Stewart behind the plate and Ibanez in LF. Interesting to say the least.

    • Mike says:

      Never know with #BinderJoe. I think he did state Russell Martin would be Sabathia’s catcher, at least for the very first game, in the playoffs.

  13. Mark A. says:

    No way to any rumors of Arod going to boston red sox for carl crawford. Well at least some thing is being done about brett gardner. I don’t like it but get him taken care of.

  14. dc1874 says:

    Rick Ankiel for free!!!

  15. Bartolo's Colon says:

    surprise, surprise

  16. Cy Pettitte says:

    looking through the 2013/2014 free agent outfielders and there’s like no one I would want who could be made available. lame.

  17. VT Yankee Fan says:

    I’d like to see them get a pure speed guy for the post-season. Just that guy off the bench for a pinch runner in close games. They had Freddy Guzman in the ALCS in 2009. Do they have anyone in the system?

  18. OMG! Bagels! says:


  19. Arya says:

    Yankee brass sat on this and sat on it and sat on it. He could have had the surgery months ago and been ready for the stretch run! They screwed up again with a young player and injuries.

  20. DM says:

    Not much of a shock here — but at least all this will temper his 2013 contract.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Because your doogie howser impression is more relevant than the team’s Dr.s, right?

      • DM says:

        You mean the doctors that decided on surgery? Oh, of course not. B/c after all, as Ted commands, “we must” assign 50/50 to his return. Just put on Ted’s virtual reality goggles and you’ll see his model and what it projects clearly. But it isn’t safe to keep them on too long or else you risk smacking into actual reality like its inventor has done over and over and over. That’s the fatal flaw in the design; its detachment from reality. You become like a scared ostrich trying to describe the horizon while your head is stuck firmly in the sand. Just close your eyes to what you don’t like; or worse, create a model that excludes those things and believe in it as though it was derived from all the evidence available.

        Keep working on your “analysis” of these situations as well as your “analysis” of the comments/articles of others. But you might wanna start reading with better comprehension in mind. In your haste to instantly negate you seem to miss obvious points (and clearly written words) routinely. Don’t you need to read (not skim) something before you analyze? Or are you just pretending and creating a false narrative to argue against?

  21. Cuso says:

    Paging Denard Span…..

  22. The Moral Majority is Neither says:

    What would the Marlins want for Logan Morrison?

  23. Pinstriper says:

    I’m not a doctor but just doing a search on “surgical removal of inflamed tissue from an elbow” yielded this. Seems to fit Brett’s condition when you read through it.

  24. BrooklynRats says:

    probably the only positive is, we won’t have to hear his country walk-on songs.
    (get better gardy)

  25. tommy cassella says:

    as good as raul ibanez and jones have been playing, you have to worry about their stamina. after all their are still over two months left in the season. a guy like shane victorino can only help. in addition to being a switch hitter he is a very fast runner who can steal you some bases. the yanks can really use him

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