Yankees’ Brett Gardner may have X-ray on hand

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was hit on the right hand by a pitch during Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays, and he might get an X-ray on the hand.

After being hit in the hand during his at bat in the third inning, Gardner stayed in for the rest of the Yankees 7-2 loss, according to The SportsXchange. After the game Gardner’s hand appeared to be red but not overly swollen, and he didn’t think he would need an X-ray. However, it appears the Yankees would like to get an X-ray for his hand as a precautionary measure.

This may be due to fear that Gardner’s injury could be similar to that of shortstop Jayson Nix. The 30-year-old was also hit on the hand the other night and it resulted in a likely season-ending broken hand for Nix. However, Gardner is optimistic that the hand will be fine and that any damage is not extensive.

“It’s not that bad,” Gardner said about the injury, according to ESPN. “So I’m not too worried about it.”

This is bad news for the Yankees who are six games out of first place in the AL East, but have been struggling with a slew of injuries to their aging team this year. Derek Jeter is still rehabbing an injured calf, and other key players have missed significant time over the course of the season.

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