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Yankees’ Gardner Takes Next Step In Return From Elbow Strain

Brett Gardner (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Brett Gardner (credit: Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN) — The Yankees could have their speedster back by next weekend.

Brett Gardner was able to take dry swings on Monday, a positive sign as he continues to rehab his strained right elbow.

Gardner has been out since April 18. He was shut down after experiencing a setback earlier this month.

“At least 10 days,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Gardner’s return.

The 28-year-old will likely begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Girardi said the outfielder went through his workout Monday without any pain.

Gardner was hitting .321 with two doubles and two stolen bases over nine games before the injury landed him on the disabled list.

“I think he changes our lineup, (with) the speed that he provides and his ability to create runs,” said Girardi. “Everyone’s going to have to hit and contribute. But he does give you a little bit different element than the rest of our team.”

Also on Monday, right-handed reliever David Robertson played catch in Tampa as he continues to rehab from a strained oblique.

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