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New York Yankees: Gardner has rocky road before returning

Brett Gardner

New York Yankees speedster Brett Gardner has only played in nine games this season, as he has been on the DL since April 18th with an injured right elbow.

Originally, the Yankees had hoped to get Gardner back on May 10th but he felt stiffness in his elbow just hours before his return to the Yankees line-up.

And just a week ago Gardner’s rehab got stalled again more elbow discomfort, which means the Yankees will take Gardner’s return very slowly to make sure he doesn’t have to miss anymore time.

Yesterday, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch tweeted the following decent news:

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch – tweet – May 28, 2012

Just to be clear, dry swings means that Gardner was swinging a bat and that is it; no contact with a ball at all so take this news with a grain a salt.

Skipper Joe Girardi, via George King of the NY Post, said that Gardner is “at least 10 days,’’ from returning. And that means all has to go perfectly from here, which includes Gardner working his way up to taking full BP and playing in a few minor league rehab games before the idea of him returning to the active roster is even discussed.

Am I worried about Gardner coming back?

Yes because the last time Gardner was set to return he completed all the rehab before acknowledging his elbow still hurt. This was followed by another delay a little over a week ago, so you can just hope this time things go better but don’t be surprised if Gardner is back on the DL again.

It was just reported on ESPNNY.com that Gardner took more dry swings with no reported problems today down in Tampa, so that is another step in the right direction. And Girardi said he will, “tee and toss” tomorrow.

Try and remember this:

“There’s no elevator, you have to take the steps.”

And getting back a half-healed Brett Gardner doesn’t do anyone any good.