Rapid Reaction: Gardner suffers setback

June, 9, 2012
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Peter G. Aiken/US PresswireYankees left fielder Brett Gardner has suffered a setback and likely will not return to the Bombers until after the All-Star break, skipper Joe Girardi said Saturday.
WHAT IT MEANS: The place where the Yankees really miss Brett Gardner -- who suffered a setback today and is likely out until after the All-Star break -- is on defense.

Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones provide a different type of offense than Gardner -- more power, less speed -- but it is enough that they can pretty much compensate for Gardner's loss at the plate.

Where the Yankees have gotten hurt is all the balls they don't get to that other teams do. The Yankees have committed the fewest number of errors of any team in baseball. They have misplayed only 23 balls.

The problem is, they don't get to as many balls as other teams. This makes pitchers worse.

WHAT'S NEXT: Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't want to "overexpose the old guys" -- so eventually he might make a deal.

He isn't acquiring a Gardner, though.

"There is nobody better defensively than [Gardner]," Cashman said.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146