Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday’s game with a sprained right knee after he was injured in the fourth inning. Slade Heathcott, who has a .285 average with one homer and 17 RBIs this season with the RailRiders, has been called up from Triple-A to replace Ellsbury. Heathcott is a former top prospect who is just starting to get back on track.
Joe Girardi said that Ellsbury hurt himself while he was swinging in the fourth inning. Ellsbury has a fairly extensive injury history dating back to his days with the Boston Red Sox. In 2010 he was only able to play in 18 games and in 2012 he was only able to play in 74 games. The Yankees need Ellsbury to be back soon since he has been an important contributor to their offense. Ideally, he will be out no more than 15 days.
So far this season Ellsbury is hitting .324 with 29 runs scored, six RBIs, 14 steals and a .412 on-base percentage. He has played very well along with Brett Gardner at the top of the lineup. The Yankees manager is not sure how long the leadoff hitter will be out of the lineup.
Chris Young, who has a .264 average with six homers and 13 RBIs, will likely play center field in place of Ellsbury. Heathcott will now be the back-up outfielder