New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi could be without a key cog in the offense for the rest of the regular season as the Yankees make their push toward a spot in the postseason.
An MRI on outfielder Brett Gardner revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left oblique and Girardi discussed the loss of Gardner as if he will miss some significant time.
"Ribcages don't heal very quickly," Girardi told USA Today on Friday. "But I think sometimes it depends on the individual, too. It's not like it's just a few days. Is it possible it could be the rest of the year? Yeah."
Gardner left Thursday's win over the Baltimore Orioles with an injured rib. He is batting .273 with eight home runs and 52 RBIs.
---Washington National pitcher Stephen Strasburg was scratched from Friday's start against the Phillies because of forearm tightness.
Ross Ohlendorf started in his place.
This season Strasburg has thrown 170 innings, and he has a 2.96 ERA. There are no plans to shut him down.
---Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez left Thursday's game against the Giants in the seventh inning with a strained hamstring. The move was called precautionary. Ramirez was unlikely to play in Friday night's game against San Francisco.