I don't get it. I really don't. Forget for a second that not putting him on the DL leaves the team with a 24-man roster and a 2-man bench until Gardner comes off the DL, both of which are not exactly winning strategies. Forget that the 2-man bench will be whoever from the Ibanez-Jones-Nunez isn't scheduled to start and Chris Stewart. Forget that for the immediate future the Yankees can make things work in the outfield with the bodies they have and will be OK depth-wise when Gardner comes back (assuming he doesn't suffer any last-minute setbacks). And forget that the MiL call-up options are a bit limited with C-Dick and Zoilo Almonte both on the DL and Dewayne Wise not having any options that would allow the Yankees to stash him back in Triple-A when the time came for him to be sent back down.
Focus solely on Swish and his health, and how well he's played to start this season and how important his offensive contributions have been with the big boppers in front of him in the order scuffling. Then think about whether or not you would be willing to risk losing that by him coming back too early and re-injuring himself.
Joe has already said that Swish is going to be out for a week. As early as it still is in the season, what's the harm in putting him on the 15-day, giving him more time to rest the hammy, and increasing the chances that you get a 100% healthy Swish back in the middle of the month? He's already had some injury scares with his groin issues in Spring Training, and hamstring injuries can be tricky if they aren't allowed to fully heal. I'd hate to lose Swish long term because a stupid decision was made in the short term.
And it gets worse: We're already 0-1 in the 2016 season
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