MLB notes: Setback for Yankees' Gardner

New York Yankees runner Brett Gardner slides into third base as Minnesota Twins shortstop Jamey...

New York Yankees runner Brett Gardner slides into third base as Minnesota Twins shortstop Jamey Carroll (L) gets the throw at Yankee Stadium in New York last month. (REUTERS)

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Outfielder Brett Gardner, who was expected to return Thursday to the New York Yankees, has had a setback in his recovery from an elbow injury.

The 28-year-old experienced swelling and soreness in his right elbow during a minor-league rehab game Wednesday.

Gardner was hitting .321 when he went on the disabled list April 17 after injuring the elbow while making a diving catch. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI.

The Yankees sorely miss Gardner's defence in left field.

CLEMENS INSISTED ON HIRING TRAINER

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman testified Thursday at Roger Clemens' perjury trial that he didn't want to hire trainer Brian McNamee, but the pitcher insisted.

Cashman said Clemens made the request during the 1999 playoffs and the Yankees hired McNamee the next year with the ace right-hander paying his salary.

Cashman said Clemens "clicked with McNamee," who has alleged he injected Clemens with performance-enhancing drugs.

Clemens is being tried on federal charges of lying to a House of Representatives committee in 2008 about whether he used PEDs.

NO NO-HITTER FOR CATCHER

Turns out, a great game for pitcher Jered Weaver was a lousy one for Chris Iannetta.

While the Los Angeles Angels' Weaver threw a no-hitter on May 2, his catcher, Iannetta, during his first at-bat was hit by a pitch on his right wrist and will require surgery Friday.

After being hit Iannetta took the next three days off, then returned to the lineup briefly, going 0-for-7 and dropping his average to .197 from .220.

Iannetta is expected to be out six to eight weeks.

SALE NOT SOLD ON 'PEN

For Chris Sale, it would be a relief if he could be a starter.

But the Chicago White Sox aren't so sure.

Sale, who has been pitching out of the bullpen, was scheduled to have an MRI Thursday in Chicago, with the White Sox brass meeting Friday to discuss the 23-year-old left-hander's future.

Pitching coach Don Cooper told a Chicago radio station it would be a "group decision."

Cooper said Sale was not considered injured and that the MRI was precautionary.

"Chris Sale is going to be pitching in prime-time spots, whether it's closing, eighth-inning big moments or if we decided ... we are going to send him back out starting," Cooper said.

"I don't think anything is out of the question, but no matter what he's doing, we are going to be watching him and taking care of him."

Sale has stressed he wants to be a starter.

VALENTINE EASY ON GOLFER

Manager Bobby Valentine said Thursday he was satisfied that pitcher Josh Beckett didn't do himself any damage by playing golf last Thursday, the day after the Boston Red Sox announced the pitcher would miss a start because of a strained right latissimus muscle.

Clay Buchholz, Beckett's golf partner, told the Boston Globe: "it's no big deal" and Beckett would never put himself in a position to injure himself.

Said Valentine: "I've never seen a pitcher get hurt playing golf."

Maybe so, but the skipper might be interested to know five golfers pulled out after the first round of The Players Championship on Friday, three of them with back injuries.

BRIEFLY

The Baltimore Orioles placed outfielder Endy Chavez on the 15-day disabled list Thursday and recalled pitcher Tommy Hunter from triple-A Norfolk.


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