NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an ailing right elbow.
Manager Joe Girardi said he believes Gardner was injured while making a tumbling catch Tuesday night against Minnesota. The speedster was a late scratch from the lineup Wednesday after feeling discomfort when he took some swings in the indoor cage about an hour before the game.
“He took (batting practice) today and said he felt fine, but when he went to take his swings today in the cage at 6:20 or 6:30, he wasn’t fine,” Girardi said last night after the 6-5 loss. “So at some point in between that time, it must have really flared up.”
Gardner, who is left-handed, had an MRI that showed a strained muscle just above his elbow. He also has a bruise.
Looking for a fresh arm for the bullpen, New York will recall right-hander Cody Eppley from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Eppley was claimed off waivers from Texas on April 5.
Girardi says Andruw Jones, Raul Ibanez and Eduardo Nunez will fill in for Gardner in left.
“You prepare to play baseball, to be a baseball player and help your team win,” said Ibanez. “It’s very unfortunate. Gardy’s a huge part of our club, and it’s very unfortunate.”
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