NEW YORK -- Outfielder Brett Gardner underwent an MRI on Tuesday after experiencing a third setback in his recovery from a right elbow strain. Manager Joe Girardi was unsure of the results of the MRI when he met with the media before New York's game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Gardner took four at-bats in a simulated game Sunday, then felt soreness Tuesday and cancelled the plans to continue his rehab. He previously had a setback in early June, when the pain persisted a day after appearing in a game with Class A Charleston. He visited Dr. James Andrews shortly after and received a platelet-rich plasma and cortisone shot by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' orthopedist.
Girardi did not dismiss the notion that Gardner could be on the roster in September and October solely for pinch-running and defensive purposes if he continues to experience setbacks swinging the bat.