Lohud Yankees Blog- Brett Gardner’s latest MRI results are in the hands of doctors, but Joe Girardi said those doctors have yet to meet with Gardner, and there is no new diagnosis or rehab plan to announce. But the Yankees are moving forward as if Gardner is lost for the season. UPDATE: No sooner had a posted this than the Yankees came through with an update: Gardner will have surgery next week to remove inflamed tissue from his right elbow. The surgery will “most likely” end his season.

I’ve been hearing whispers of this the last half hour or so, but I felt like Will McAvoy refusing to pull the trigger on announcing Gabrielle Giffords’ death until a more reputable source broke the news. This just flat out sucks. Yankees have been doing fine without Gardner the entire year, but the speed dimension that he adds will be missed come playoff time. He’s a phenomenal left fielder and a spark plug at the plate; his absence for the rest of the year is unfortunate to say the least. On the bright side, Ibanez and Jones will continue to platoon left field (barring any unforeseen action at the trade deadline), and I’m okay with that. Corner outfield is a power position and that’s exactly what the two of them provide. Still a shame that this injury to Gardner, which initially seemed like a 10-15 day thing, will inexplicably sideline him for the season. I still have no idea how this “strained arm” got so out of hand. I want answers.