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Yankees injury updates: Rodriguez, Gardner, Logan, Romine

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We've got some more injury updates:

Alex Rodriguez has been nursing a hamstring injury for a few days now. He has been able to stay in the lineup as the designated hitter for a few games, but he should be taking the field soon. Joe Girardi plans to play him at third base tomorrow. Getting A-Rod back onto the field will go a long way to improving this team's depth. It means Eduardo Nunez will not be in the field or in the starting lineup, leaving the DH spot open for someone like Mark Reynolds.

Brett Gardner suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain last night and his season is essentially done. He could return as a potential pinch runner at some point and the playoffs, if the Yankees make it. Losing Gardner is going to greatly diminish the offense and defense of this team. With him gone, the Yankees will likely employ a Alfonso Soriano, Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki outfield. Ichiro isn't hitting and losing one of the best defensive center fielders in the game is going to hurt anyone in some capacity.

Boone Logan has apparently turned a corner and could return sometime next week in Toronto when the Yankees face the Blue Jays. His elbow must be feeling better and he will probably try to throw a bullpen before then. Cesar Cabral has gotten the brunt of the LOOGY work while he has been out. The Yankees have Mike Zagurski as well, but he might not even get into a game if Logan is going to be able to get back soon.

Austin Romine passed his impact test, has ridden a bike and hit in the batting cage. He will try to hit in batting practice and then will go from there. His minor concussion has kept him out of the lineup for a few days now and since then all we've gotten is Chris Stewart. JR Murphy is here, but he has yet to start a game and is very unlikely to get a chance any time soon. It would be really nice to get Romine back just so we don't have to deal with Stewart from here to October.

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