Mark Feinsand with the news:
Alfredo Aceves had surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to repair a fractured left clavicle sustained in a bicycle-riding accident in Mexico. Surgery was performed by Yankees Team Physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Aceves has been prescribed six weeks of initial rest and will need a total of three months for full rehabilitation.
Brett Gardner is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for right wrist tendinitis. He is expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Gardner dealt with wrist issues for much of the second half of the season, and many have theorized that his statistical dip in that portion of the year can be attributed to the injury. Gardner did hit fewer line drives down the stretch than he did in the two months prior to the injury, so there may be something to this theory.
As for Aceves, I doubt the Yankees are counting on him to be a major cog in the 2011 bullpen, but he could be a pleasant surprise if he can return to full strength and perform as he did prior to his back injury. He can serve as a swingman and fill the role that was shared by such luminaries such as Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre in 2010. Aceves is almost certain to be an improvement over those arms, and his return would add much needed depth to a bullpen that will likely miss Kerry Wood.