Some bad news in Yankee land.
With the Bombers currently one game out of the AL Wild Card, and a huge three game series with the rival Red Sox starting today, the Yankees may be losing one of their more steady players at the worst possible time.
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner left Thursday night’s game against the Orioles after his first at bat, apparently having felt discomfort in his rib cage after a check-swing strikeout to leadoff the game. The Yankees announced that Gardner will have an MRI on Friday in New York to determine just how much time the speedy leadoff hitter will miss.
While it’s not yet clear just how serious the injury may be, Gardner sounded concerned when he spoke to reporters after the game.
“I have no idea. I’ve never dealt with anything like this before,” he said. “But it felt serious enough for me to say something and come out of the game. So you take what you want from that. I don’t think anything’s broken, obviously, but it’s just one of those things where I’ve never had an issue before, and I know something’s not right.”
With the Yankees back in the postseason race in a big way, the timing for Gardner’s injury simply could not be worse. If Gardner is forced to miss some time, expect to see Eduardo Nunez take over the leadoff duties until Gardner can work his way back into the lineup.