July 17, 2012 12:00 AM
" It's always nice when everything ties together into a compact narrative the way it did for the Yankees on Monday.
There was a negative report about the state of Brett Gardner's elbow, the third time that he has experienced a setback with what was described as an elbow strain when he went on the disabled list in April and seems like something much more serious three months later.
He'll have an MRI, but there doesn't seem to be any way to count on Gardner's return regardless of what the test reveals.
Gardner's news stoked a fresh wave of trade chatter. The focus this time is on Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, who has clashed with manager Charlie Manuel amid the disaster that has been the 2012 Phillies season.
Victorino will be a free agent after the season and his Jorge Posada-style move to refuse to play because he was batting seventh all but ensures that his run in Philly is at its end. The price should not be high as Victorino's production is way down, but his speed and defense would certainly play even if his bat never reaches the heights of some previous seasons "
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