Injuries keep on coming for the New York Yankees.
Outfielder Brett Gardner left Thursday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles after his first at-bat in the top of the first inning with a left oblique strain. Gardner grabbed at his side after a checked-swing strike three.
Curtis Granderson, who missed significant time earlier this season with a fractured finger, replaced Gardner in center field in the bottom of the first.
Depending on the severity of the injury, Gardner could be out up to a month -- the normal recovery period for an oblique strain -- which means he might miss the remainder of the regular season.
The injury-plagued Yankees, who placed shortstop Derek Jeter on the disabled list this week because of his balky ankle, are fighting for a wild-card playoff spot in the American League.
The 30-year-old Gardner is batting .273 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 24 stolen bases in 144 games this season.