Brett Gardner dealing with ankle injury; may miss multiple games

  • Dave Ragazzo

PHOTO COURTESY:  USA TODAY VIA YAHOO!

PHOTO COURTESY: USA TODAY VIA YAHOO!

Despite the ups and downs that the Yankees have experienced this year, they still remain very much alive in the AL playoff picture. They have battled injuries and the under performance of many of their big off season acquisitions, but are only six games back in the division and 3.5 games back of a wild card spot.

That has to do in large part to the play of Brett Gardner, who has been the Yankees most consistent player this year. So it is no surprise that they Bombers do not want him missing any time.

After fouling a ball off his ankle in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the White Sox, Gardner sat out Sunday’s 7-4 Yankee win and is not sure when he will return to New York’s lineup. Gardner said that his ankle “didn’t feel good” and manager Joe Girardi is not sure if he will be available for Monday night’s game:

From the NY Post:

Brett Gardner woke up Sunday and felt the one thing he wanted to avoid: pain in his right ankle, off which he fouled a ball on Saturday.

The Yankee outfielder, who didn’t play Sunday, is “hopeful” but “not confident” of playing Monday in a makeup game at Kansas City.

“It didn’t feel good [Saturday] after I got hit and then obviously during the game it didn’t necessarily [feel good]. Wrapped it up and played the rest of the game,” Gardner said after the Yankees’ 7-4, 10-inning victory over the White Sox on Sunday. “I was disappointed how it felt when I woke up, but hopefully it feels better tomorrow.

“I’m hopeful but I’m not confident considering how I felt today,” Gardner said of facing the Royals. “I’m hopeful it feels better and I play. Got treatment today. Iced it a lot tried to calm it down, wrapped it real good for the flight so it doesn’t swell up.”

Girardi would go on to add that the X-Rays on his ankle came back negative but Gardnner’s ankle was swollen to the point where it was “almost bloody.”

After faltering last week, the Yanks are now on a four game winning streak and could use Gardner back in the lineup as soon as possible.

The team will need him despite the recent surge because besides being the most consistent player this year, you can argue that he has also been the best player. Hopefully for New York, this injury is only minor and does not turn into an ordeal, like almost every other injury they have suffered this year.

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