Brett Gardner Injury Update: Yankees Outfielder Suffers Setback, Will Miss 15-25 Days

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.

For more on the Yankees, please be sure to check our our blog Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York for all the latest news and updates.

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