Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner was forced to depart in the first inning of Thursday night's key game in Baltimore with what's been announced as a left oblique strain. Gardner who was in the lineup in center field batted in the top of the first but then was replaced in center by Curtis Granderson for the home half of the inning.

As Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger points out on Twitter oblique injuries typically sideline players for a month or so which means Gardner could be done until well into the postseason -- if the Yankees even make it that far.