Posted July 17, 2012

Yankees’ Brett Gardner could be shut down for season

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The New York Yankees are reportedly considering shutting down Brett Gardner for the season. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees are considering shutting down left-fielder Brett Gardner after the team reported that he’s still sore from elbow surgery, according to Brendan Prunty of The Star-Ledger:

Gardner’s agent, Joe Bick, said his client is not only getting shut down again, but is scheduled for another MRI to figure out what is causing the prolonged pain in the elbow. In a brief phone conversation last night, Bick said Gardner is taking the latest setback very hard and that he is “very frustrated.”

Gardner, who signed a $2.8 million contract with the Yankees this year, has been experiencing pain ever since being diagnosed with a bone bruise that he sustained after diving for a foul ball in a win against the Minnesota Twins on April 17. He hasn’t played since.

Prunty reported that there have been three times that Gardner has looked to be on the verge of returning, but each time he suffers a setback and is shut down again. Prior to the injury, he was batting .321 with 3 RBIs on the season.