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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Yankees Injury Update: Brett Gardner recovering fast from little-publicized surgery

By on 11/05/2014 05:30:00 PM

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner is recovering very well from his minor operation that he underwent in October. Both he and the Yankees fully expect him to report to Spring Training in February on time and completely ready, says Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch of
Hoch announced that Gardner had minor surgery to repair some core muscles on October 16.
The procedure got very little attention as it was minor and occurred during the postseason.

Gardner spoke with MLB Network Radio on Wednesday about the procedure, stating that he will return to full health in approximately one more week. He had his right rectus abdominus muscle repaired, the muscle that caused him problems at different points throughout the season. Hoch quoted the speedy outfielder discussing his recovery. Said Gardner,
“I’m just about feeling 90 to 95 percent from that. I should be back to 100 percent here in about a week or so and pretty much have my normal offseason from here on out, and get ready for 2015. I think here in the next week or two I’ll be pretty darn close to 100 percent and just be able to go through my normal offseason routine. That’s one of the reasons we just went ahead and got it done after the season.
Gardner was one of the few Yankees who stayed on the field for nearly the entire season -- for the second straight year. In 148 games, he hit .256/.327/.422. His slugging percentage is a career high as are his 17 home runs and 58 RBI. Remember that he is primarily a lead-off hitter. He was also 21 for 26 in stolen base attempts and scored 87 runs while compiling a WAR of 4.0. The injury hampered the end of September as he was just 12 for 72 in the final few weeks.

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