He hasn’t been able to return ever since, and while he seems close to playing, it’s always a possibility to see him end up on the 10-day injured list.
Roster spots are precious now that the league has decreased roster size to 26 players.
Gallo was available off the bench for the Yankees on Monday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but he didn’t enter.
If he ends up missing more time, there is a non-zero chance we see the Yankees going to the market to bring in an old friend.
“If Joey Gallo is out for an extended period Brett Gardner is going to be a Yankee, I hope y’all are prepared for that,” the “Hoodie Gleyber” fan account on Twitter predicted.
If Joey Gallo is out for an extended period Brett Gardner is going to be a Yankee, I hope y’all are prepared for that
— Matt (@HoodieGleyber) May 1, 2022
It’s certainly an interesting situation for the Yankees.
What Should The Yankees Do?
Of course, a quick Gallo return will make this a moot point, but should the Yankees give an extended opportunity to Tim Locastro or any outfielder in the high minors?
Or should they re-sign a franchise icon past his prime?
Gardner is a well-liked and respected clubhouse figure, but his OPS has decreased for two straight seasons.
It was .689 last season.
He is still a good defender capable of playing center, with some speed and baserunning expertise.
But at this point, it may not be worth it to bring him back and have him on the bench or, even worse, in the minor leagues once Gallo returns.
He may not accept a deal if he isn’t guaranteed a roster spot, in addition.
He is aging (38 years old) and declining offensively.
All in all, he could be an option, but the Yankees haven’t really pursued him for a reason.