New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi could be without a key cog in the offense for the rest of the regular season as the team makes its push toward a spot in the post-season.
An MRI on outfielder Brett Gardner revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique and Girardi discussed the loss of Gardner as if he will miss significant time.
“Ribcages don’t heal very quickly,” Girardi told USA Today on Friday. “But I think sometimes it depends on the individual, too. It’s not like it’s just a few days. Is it possible it could be the rest of the year? Yeah.”
Gardner left Thursday’s win over the Baltimore Orioles with an injured rib. He is batting .273 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs this season.
Gardner will rejoin the Yankees on Sunday but he won’t be available to play, although Girardi did say there’s a chance Gardner could be used as a pinch runner before he is available to hit. But even that might be weeks away.
The NFL season is in full swing, and while some teams who share stadiums with their baseball counterparts can’t wait for baseball to end so they can have the space for themselves, veteran footballers know to stay quiet about it.
That’s why Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski vigorously denied Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee’s tale that he is rooting for the Oakland Athletics to miss the playoffs so the infield at O.co Coliseum will be sodded over sooner.
Janikowski told the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday that Scobee is lying and that he regularly attends A’s games as a fan.
“Whatever he says just blows my mind,” Janikowski said. “That didn’t happen. Hell no. I just want to let you know ... I kicked 14 years on it, it really doesn’t bother me.”
Scobee made the comment to the Florida Times-Union. He said that he is preparing for Sunday’s game against the Raiders in Oakland by practicing at a baseball field to simulate the conditions of O.co Coliseum.
Pittsburgh Pirates starter Wandy Rodriguez is once again trying to make a comeback. Out since June with arthritis in his elbow, the left-hander threw a simulated game. He suffered a setback during his recovery earlier this month ... Minnesota Twins catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit returned from the seven-day concussion disabled list, but told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he’s taking the cautious route and won’t get behind the plate again this season.