Jacoby Ellsbury Injury: Updates on Yankees Star's Hip and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVMarch 31, 2017

VIERA, FL - MARCH 11:  Jacob Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees takes a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning of a game at the Space Coast Stadium on March 11, 2014 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees looked impressive Thursday against the Seattle Mariners, but it wasn’t all good news for the Bronx Bombers. Jorge Castillo of The Star-Ledger pointed out why that was the case:

Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal had more after the game:

Cruelly enough, Jacoby Ellsbury was having an excellent game when he was removed from the lineup. He finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and two RBI, which he earned for hitting a home run in the first inning.

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 12:  Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 12, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Ellsbury is putting together a solid season for the Yankees. He is hitting .290, has four home runs, 29 RBI, 26 walks and 18 steals and boasts an on-base plus slugging percentage of .777. What’s more, he has played solid defense in the outfield for New York and has been a durable anchor in the lineup.

New York is looking up at the first-place Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East standings right now, so losing its center fielder for any amount of time will be difficult to deal with. Clearly, having him at full strength down the stretch is most important, but the Yankees need to stay within striking distance of a playoff spot for that to matter. 

Check back as the situation unfolds.