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:
Press box announcement: Jacoby Ellsbury left the game with right hip tightness.— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) June 13, 2014
Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal had more after the game:
Girardi says Ellsbury basically fine, no tests done on hip, expects he can play tomorrow.— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) June 13, 2014
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.
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.