Add another one to a list of key injuries for the New York Yankees.
Manager Joe Girardi expects leadoff hitter Brett Gardner will be out for a lengthy stretch and possibly the rest of the regular season.
Gardner left Thursday’s win in Baltimore with what Girardi said is a “Grade 1 strain in his rib cage.” He’s batting .273 with eight homers and 52 RBIs.
“He’s going to be out a while,” Girardi said. “Rib cages don’t heal real quick. Is it possible it could be the rest of the year? Yeah.”
It’s the latest in a season filled with injuries for the Yankees, who entered Friday one game back in the AL’s wild card chase.
Mark Teixeira was on the DL early in the year before being lost for the season with right wrist surgery. Derek Jeter, who missed most of the season recovering from left ankle surgery, was lost this week for the remainder of the season with soreness in the repaired ankle. Outfielder Curtis Granderson, infielder Eduardo Nunez, third baseman Alex Rodriguez and outfielder Jayson Nix also have missed significant time with injuries.
Nationals: Right-hander Stephen Strasburg (7-9) was scratched from his scheduled start against the Phillies on Friday night because of tightness in his forearm. Strasburg plans to rest a few days, take medication and make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Marlins.
Blue Jays: Outfielder Colby Rasmus was activated from the 15-day DL. Rasmus has been out since Aug. 11 with a strained muscle in his left side. Also, slugger Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup as the DH after missing the past four games with a sore left wrist.
Indians: Right-hander Justin Masterson played catch from 75 feet on Friday, one day after throwing from 60. Masterson hasn’t pitched since Sept. 2 when he left his start against Baltimore with a strained left oblique.
Giants: San Francisco got its first chance to face former closer Brian Wilson in Thursday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Dodgers. Wilson pitched one scoreless inning and earned his second win since joining L.A. Giants catcher Buster Posey said it was fun facing Wilson, who spent seven seasons in San Francisco. “It’s obviously different hitting him instead of catching him, but just looking at the velocity of the cutter and the fastball, it’s pretty close to where he always is,” said Posey, who flew out to right field in the 10th. Wilson was a three-time All-Star before an elbow injury ended his tenure with the Giants last year.