Brett Gardner Injury Update: 3-4 Weeks Rest Necessary After Third Opinion Confirms Elbow Strain Diagnosis

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner received a third examination on his injured right elbow by Dr. Timothy Kremcheck on Thursday, the team announced. The doctor confirmed that Gardner has an elbow strain, the same diagnosis which Dr. James Andrews had come to on Monday.

Like Andrews, Kremcheck believes that Gardner will need three to four weeks of rest to allow his elbow to heal. The 28-year old hasn't appeared in a game since April 17, when he injured himself making a diving catch at Yankee Stadium. Two different rehab assignments have been shut down because Gardner felt pain while swinging a bat.

"I've done everything I can do, and the training staff has done everything it can possibly do over the last seven weeks to get me back out on the field," Gardner said earlier in the week. "It hasn't worked out the way we thought, but hopefully I'll be back soon."

For more news, notes and analysis on the New York Yankees, check out Pinstripe Alley.

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