On Thursday during their 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner left the game in the first inning with what was originally diagnosed as an oblique strain.
On Friday, Dayn Perry of CBS Sports reported that the MRI from Gardner's injury revealed that it is in fact a Grade 1 oblique strain, which likely will end his regular season with just 15 games remaining.
There was some speculation that Gardner could come back as a pinch runner, but the feeling around baseball is that the normal recovery time from an oblique injury is around a month, which is putting Gardner's return in mid-October, which would be in the middle of the playoffs; pending the Yankees make it that far.
In 145 games, Gardner was hitting .273 with eight home runs and 52 RBI with 24 stolen bases as the team's lead-off hitter. On Friday night against the Boston Red Sox, Curtis Granderson will take over the lead-off duties and play in center field in place of Gardner.
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