NEW YORK -- Outfielder Brett Gardner suffered a third setback in his attempt to return from a strained right elbow suffered April 17 making a diving catch. He took four at-bats Sunday in a simulated game in Tampa, Fla., but felt soreness Monday and did not continue his rehab, as scheduled.
"It's a concern because it's happened before. Hopefully he can get through this and continue to play, but we'll have to wait and see," said manager Joe Girardi. "We expected that he would get through this, and our hope is still that he'll get through this, but today he was a little sore. I can't tell you what's going to happen. I can't tell you what's next. We'll have to see what tomorrow brings."
Girardi said all doctors came up with the same diagnosis, which included three to four weeks of rest after a visit to Dr. James Andrews and a platelet-rich plasma and cortisone shot by Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the Reds' orthopedist, in late June.
Gardner targeted a return after the All-Star break following what had been his most recent setback in early June, but Girardi acknowledged that was likely unrealistic. The Yankees once targeted a June 11 return, but then Gardner's soreness persisted a day after taking swings and playing five innings in a rehab assignment with Class A Charleston.