The Yankees need Brett Gardner to run to their 28th World Series title

The New York Yankees announced on Thursday that left fielder Brett Gardner will remain on the disabled list for at least another three to four weeks because of his bummed right elbow.

Gardner, 28, who has played in only nine games due to injury since agreeing to a one-year contract for $2.8 million the 2012 season, has been diagnosed with an elbow muscle strain, a bone bruise and joint inflammation.

The 2011 American League co-leader in stolen bases, who the Yankees (37-25) took out of the College of Charleston in the third round of the 2005 draft, is an extremely disciplined hitter and the only member of the team with even a granule of speed.

Additionally, geriatrics Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez can’t compete defensively in the outfield with the erstwhile Cougar who earned his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award last autumn.

“I don’t want to overexpose the old guys,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman saidrecently.