SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 14: Left fielder Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Miguel Olivo #30 in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Brett Gardner has suffered a setback, re-straining his elbow, and will miss 15-25 additional days.
Brett Gardner hasn't suited up for the New York Yankees since April 17. He suffered a strained elbow early in the season and has been on the disabled list since. He was getting closer to a return – playing for the Yankees' Triple A club – but recently suffered a setback, and is expected to miss 15-25 more days.
Gardner suffered swelling after his Triple-A game Wednesday night and an MRI showed further strain to the elbow. The Yankees originally hoped to have him back for the finale against the Rays.
The 28-year-old has been a very good player for the Yanks the past two seasons, accumulating a WAR of 11.2 – one of the highest totals among all outfielders. His speed and outstanding defense make him extremely valuable to the Yankees, and essential to their success.