In case you forgot, here is your monthly reminder that Jacoby Ellsbury is on this Yankees team. We haven’t seen the outfielder since spring training, where he made it into exactly six games before suffering from a right oblique strain. He was expected to miss the first few weeks of the season while his side healed, but no one anticipated that would be the last time we saw him all year.
It has been a rough stretch for Ellsbury. While recovering from the oblique injury, he developed left hip pain. At one point, he was also said to be experiencing back pain, as well as plantar fasciitis. For months now, the only non-updates we received about Ellsbury were that he was unable to resume baseball activities.
At last, we have a real update:
Update on OF Jacoby Ellsbury: pic.twitter.com/Uw2JSOLfBR— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 7, 2018
It turns out that Ellsbury’s hip injury was a lot more serious than originally anticipated. Given the six month recovery time, that should set him up to be baseball ready by the time spring training rolls around. Maybe we’ll actually see him in pinstripes next year.
In the meantime, this is just one more outfielder that the Yankees can cross of their depth list. Who would have thought that the team would need him right now? A few Shane Robinson appearances make you miss Ellsbury.