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Yankees' Brett Gardner could miss "significant amount of time" with abdominal strain

The Yankees' could be without their best player for the remainder of the season.

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As they continue to play out the final month of the season, the New York Yankees will be without outfielder Brett Gardner, as the 31-year-old is likely to miss a "significant amount of time" after an MRI revealed an abdominal strain, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Gardner last played on Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Royals.

The loss of Gardner is rough news for the Yankees, as he has probably been their best position player this season, and was anchoring a lineup that ranks last in the American League in runs scored. The Yankees are still alive in the playoff race, though their odds are slim with a 5.5 game deficit for the final AL Wild Card spot. New York would have to jump five clubs in the standings to earn a postseason nod, and considering their lack of health (and talent overall), that seems to be out of the question,

Gardner signed a four-year, $52 million extension with the Yankees in February, and so far, the deal has worked out quite well for the organization. In 572 plate appearances this season, he has hit .269/.342/.442 with a 119 wRC+, .346 wOBA, and 3.7 fWAR. He is among the top defensive left fielders in baseball.

The Yankees have also been without Martin Prado, who has been dealing with a left hamstring strain. Prado was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks at this summer's July trade deadline, and has hit a solid .298/.322/.509 since joining the Yankees. He is expected to miss at least the next couple games, and may end up being done for the season.