Gardner saw Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on Monday and is scheduled to be examined by Reds orthopedic physician Timothy Kremchek for a third opinion on Thursday. Surgery is a possibility and would delay his return until well into the second half of the season.
"I prefer not to talk about what Andrews said at this point," Gardner said. "I'm going to see Kremchek on Thursday, and I'll tell you guys what the decision is after that. I want to get all the information together before I say anything. Hopefully, it will be positive and we'll go from there."
Gardner has been on the disabled list since making a diving catch at Yankee Stadium against the Twins on April 17. He's tried to rehab the injury twice but has been shut down both times. The elbow injury is particularly bothersome when Gardner swings the bat.
Gardner played in nine games and was batting .321 at the time of the injury. He said that the goal is undoubtedly to play again at some point this year.
"That's what the hope is; that's what it certainly is in my mind," Gardner said. "I've done everything I can do and the training staff has done everything it can possibly do over the last seven weeks to get me back out on the field. It hasn't worked out the way we thought, but hopefully I'll be back soon."