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Pregame notes: Gardner’s elbow injury not ligament-related

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 12, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brett Gardner didn’t say much this afternoon. He was back in the Yankees clubhouse, one day after visiting Dr. James Andrews, but he wouldn’t go into detail about any sort of preliminary diagnosis on his sore right elbow.

“I haven’t been too awful disappointed, so I guess that’s good news,” he said. “I’d rather not get too much into it, but hopefully I’ll be back before too long.”

Joe Girardi didn’t say much either, but he did reveal that Gardner’s injury is not related to the ligament and there’s no concern about Tommy John surgery.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with that,” Girardi said. “I want to see what the other doctor says, then we’ll see what we’re going to do and how we’re going to approach it. I don’t think Gardy’s is anything to do with the ligament.”

Gardner will go to Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati on Thursday. After that evaluation, we should know more about what exactly is going on. For now, Gardner and Girardi both seem to agree that Gardner will play again this season. And Gardner seems to think it might not take too long. The elbow didn’t bother him nearly as much after last week’s setback as it did after his first setback a month ago.

“I definitely think I will (play this year),” Gardner said. “I definitely think I’ll be back and be back hopefully pretty soon.”

Gardner said he “really, legitimately” thought his elbow was completely healed before he began his most recent rehab assignment in Charleston. Then again, he thought the same thing before his rehab assignment a month ago with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He still felt fine until his third at-bat on Friday, which he described as a long at-bat with a swing and miss and a few foul balls that he barely made contact on. By the end of that at-bat, he knew he wasn’t ready to be activated.

“It’s not as much of a pain tolerance thing as it is a range of motion,” Gardner explained. “It just affects my swing. Going into Charleston, my first at-bat was 100 percent, but my third at-bat, halfway through it, I wasn’t. It’s not as much of a pain tolerance thing as it is just being able to function 100 percent. I was functioning 100 percent when I got there, but unfortunately, after a couple of at-bats, I just wasn’t feeling too well.”

• Mariano Rivera had surgery today. The surgery was strictly to repair his torn ACL. Nothing was done to his meniscus, apparently because the meniscus wasn’t actually damaged. “The clot went away,” Girardi said. “So I think it’s the initial shock of the injury that’s the hardest part, then you kind of get your mind focused on coming back.”

• Girardi confirmed that Dave Robertson will join the Yankees tomorrow. The plan is that he’ll be activated on Friday. Robertson threw a 14-pitch hitless inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this afternoon. It was his final rehab appearance following last month’s strained oblique.

• Girardi’s not sure whether Rafael Soriano will be available tonight. “I’m going to let him play catch and see how it feels today and we’ll go from there,” Girardi said.

• If Soriano can’t pitch, the Yankees bullpen will be extremely short because Clay Rapada, Boone Logan and Cory Wade have each pitched three days in a row and Girardi doesn’t want to use any of them tonight. We’re going to need some distance out of CC, and some other guys are going to have to help us out,” Girardi said.

• Sabathia has a 3.69 ERA, so it’s not like he’s been a particularly bad pitcher this year, but he’s run into some stretches that haven’t been as sharp as usual. “It just at times his fastball cuts,” Girardi said. “When that happens, he seems to get in a little bit of trouble. When he doesn’t command the down and away to right handers, he seems to get in a little bit of trouble.”

• Hiroki Kuroda was able to sprint and throw a light bullpen today. His bruised foot felt fine, and he should have no problem making tomorrow’s start.

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24 Responses to “Pregame notes: Gardner’s elbow injury not ligament-related”

  1. ron June 12th, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Look at gardners elbow in the above picture.
    It looks loke a but crack.

    lol.

  2. austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    GB,

    The rain sure screwed up your chance to see the Charleston team. I miss watching their box scores.

    Dom Brown’s outfield play was crucified by the Phil’s tv crew in the spring when they played the Yankees. After an error, they went on and on what a bad outfielder he is? It is hard to be a bad outfielder if you’re decently athletic, as he seems to be. Can only be focus.

  3. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I guess NY is a one Lin town.

    MIAMI — The Red Sox are close to a deal with one of the top international free agents, 18-year-old shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin of Taiwan.

    The $2.05 million deal is not complete according to baseball sources. But sources in Taiwan indicated that Lin is in the final stages of an agreement and is either in Boston or will soon be.

  4. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Mac,

    If they can play on an ark, they’ll play a DH tomorrow. Scranton did win today. Not sure what the weather in in Tampa tonight. It’s been raining for a week.

  5. BoJo June 12th, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Just got back a little while ago, and as promised…I put together a budget for next 4 years to get team under #189 by 2014. I don’t know where I can post an Excel spreadsheet, but can e-mail it to someone who can–or can do it myself if someone provides a host site.

    Net: I believe the Yankees can sign a top OFer like Melky at Ethier money in 2013 and also a top SS like Asdrubal Cabrerra for 2015 (to replace Jeter), and still make their budget. Also have enough to spend $25M on dlugger when Tex moves on.

  6. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Mac, Brown reminds me of Alfonso Soriano or Lonnie Smith in the outfield. The fact that he doesn’t hit likr them doesn’t help his case.

  7. austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’d like to see it Bojo. Unfortunately, someone else will have to help you. Maybe Chad could help, but not near game time.

  8. BoJo June 12th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I’d like to see it Bojo. Unfortunately, someone else will have to help you. Maybe Chad could help, but not near game time.

    =========
    Good point. I’ll bring it up tomorrow

  9. Jerkface June 12th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Put it on google docs.

  10. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Robertson will be in Atlanta tomorrow and activated on Friday.

  11. BoJo June 12th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Jerkface June 12th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Put it on google docs.
    __________
    You are one bright dude.

  12. BoJo June 12th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I’ll do it tomorrow so not to interfere with game discussion.

  13. austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    GB, both of those players were likely lackadaisical guys themselves. Judging a fly ball and catching it is pretty easy with practice. I once heard Tory Hunter say he doesn’t wear a cup since you deserve to get hit if you can’t catch a ground ball in the outfield. By the way, he seems like a good guy, and the type of teammate Cashman likes.

    To me, that points to a larger issue. Soriano hasn’t come close to his tools he still swings at the same terrible breaking balls. It makes me wonder if Brown will improve either.

  14. austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Bojo,

    Of course, any attempt by anyone will be mercilessly analyzed and criticized. You understand that, I’m sure, and not take it personally.

  15. Tabbert June 12th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Boone logan is a damn good reliever. Pretty hard to find solid lefties, scary to think we once had phil coke. YIKES

  16. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Mac,

    Soriano has been smoking the baseball since the 15th of May. .300, 12 homers and 25 RBI. Of course, his defense is like always. If his contract wasn’t so ugly, he’d be a good RH DH type to pair with Ibanez, as would Guerrero.

  17. austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    GB,

    I can’t stand to watch Soriano chase about as much as watching a pitcher unable to throw strikes.

  18. BoJo June 12th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    austinmac June 12th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Bojo,

    Of course, any attempt by anyone will be mercilessly analyzed and criticized. You understand that, I’m sure, and not take it personally.
    ——–
    It’s all in fun and just discussion…UNTIL SOMEONE GETS HURT! :-)

  19. luis June 12th, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Hello everyone again ;)

    Shame,

    Sorry i didn’t answered before, had to work :( . We do agree a lot. It doesn’t mean that we may not agree in the future, but i respect you a great deal regardless. Pretty much like i respect posters like ID or Pat M, whom i not always agree with, but i respect and like very much. About Tex, i think you are spot on with him. I liked your idea, because it might prevent the other option which is basically trading Grandy and Cano.

  20. luis June 12th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    By the way, i think those are great news on Gardner. He may join the club after all.

  21. luis June 12th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Hello?????

  22. Joe from Long Island June 12th, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    GB- given Chavez’ statement that it’s really tough for him to play, do you bring up Mustelier, for Wise, to see how he does at the big league level before the trade deadline?

  23. trisha - true pinstriped blue June 12th, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Joe from LI!!!!

    Looks like the Yankees have life under control.

    That always makes for a kinder, gentler forum…

    ;)

  24. GreenBeret7 June 12th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Joe from Long Island June 12th, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    GB- given Chavez’ statement that it’s really tough for him to play, do you bring up Mustelier, for Wise, to see how he does at the big league level before the trade deadline?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Joe, how are you doing? Great to see you on. Tough choice on who to bring up. NYY really needs a center field back-up, but, like Mustelier’s bat, but, he can’t play center. Might bring Dickerson back up and risk losing Wise.


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