Brett Gardner gets good news on elbow
An additional examination of the injured elbow of Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner turned up no structural damage.
Despite fears that Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner could have a ligament tear in his right elbow and miss the rest of the season, a second opinion concurs with the first: he has no additional structural damage and should play again in 2012.
Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal tweets that Gardner's diagnosis remains a strain with joint inflammation. Barbarisi also reports that Gardner received platelet-rich-plasma therapy and will be in an elbow brace for the next three or four weeks.
While there's no clear timetable for a return to the active roster and a minor-league rehab assignment seems highly likely, Gardner figures to be able to play most of the second half, barring a setback.
Gardner, who boasts a .424 OBP on the season, hasn't played since April 17. Besides being a useful left-handed stick, Gardner is one of the top defensive outfielders in the game today. Gardner's eventual return will also mean that Raul Ibanez will no longer be forced to wear a glove, which would be a good thing for both the Yankees' hopes and a general sense of aesthetics.
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