The Yankees have been missing their ironman in the outfield for several games. They officially sidelined him today today, though. The team announced that they will place Brett Gardner on the 10-day IL with left knee inflammation. The move is retroactive to July 22, meaning that the earliest Gardner is eligible to come off of the IL is on July 31.
Gardner last played on July 20 against Colorado, and has been trying to get back into the lineup during the Yankees road trip but was unable to do so. Gardner was reportedly available off of the bench for Aaron Boone during the Twins series, but ultimately didn’t appear in a game.
The 35-year-old outfielder is having a productive season, hitting .243/.325/.460 with 15 home runs. He posted a 105 wRC+ over 92 games, and that kind of production fits right in with his career norms.
Replacing Gardner on the active roster will be Stephen Tarpley, who last appeared for the big-league squad in the series finale against Colorado. Tarpley has been up and down on the roster as one of the few relievers who still has options. The Yankees’ heavy usage of their bullpen of late made him the choice over a replacement for the outfield.