From Josh Thomson:
Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner had the cast removed from his broken left thumb on Monday and will now have the finger supported by a splint until he is examined again this coming Monday.
If all goes well, Gardner may return soon after.
“I hope to be back playing in two weeks,” he said.
Gardner has been on the disabled list since he broke the thumb trying to break up a double play on July 25 against the A’s. He had worn a hard cast ever since.
Gardner needs to be on the roster prior to September 1st to be available for the postseason. If he starts playing two weeks from Monday and plays in 4-5 rehab games, I would expect him to return to the Yankees in the last few days of August. While the Jerry Hairston acquisition softened the blow of losing Gardner, the Yankees have missed his ability to steal a base, most notably in the 9th inning of Monday’s loss to Toronto. A bench of Gardner, Hinske, Hairston, and Molina gives Joe Girardi incredible flexibility late in games, as well as allowing him to rest some of his older players. I spent a lot of April complaining about Brian Cashman’s inability to build a quality bench. The emergence of Melky Cabrera as a starter, coupled with the trades for Hinske and Hairston, have lead to an incredible turnaround in that area. I tip my cap to you, Mr. Cashman.
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