There isn’t a lot of time left in this season — and less time for the New York Yankees, competitively speaking — but it looks as though Brett Gardner is going to miss most or all of it. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that Gardner will be out “a significant amount of time.” He quotes Joe Girardi saying that he’s “not sure when we’ll get him back,” and that “It’s a concern of mine.”
Gardner missed the entire weekend and last night’s game for the Yankees after being diagnosed with strained abdominal muscle. It’s a big blow for New York, as Gardner has been the Yankees best and most consistent offensive performer all year. He’s hitting .269/.342/.442 with a career-high 16 homers.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.