Early on in 2015, Jacoby Ellsbury was making the Yankees and Fantasy owners alike feel good about their investment in him, batting .324 with 14 stolen bases through his first 37 games. Then Ellsbury was out for a month and a half with a sprained knee, and he was a cipher at the plate upon his return, hitting .224 with seven steals. Health issues are nothing new for Ellsbury, and now that he is 32, he is an especially risky pick. He could still be a threat to bat .300 and steal 30 or more bases, but with the potential of missed time and minimal power, Ellsbury may not be much of an upgrade over someone like Kevin Pillar. That still makes him a top 30 outfielder, but he is a long way from being in the discussion for a pick in the first few rounds.
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Tuesday's wild-card game against the Astros, MLB.com reports. With Astros' lefty Dallas Keuchel set to take the mound against the Yankess, manager Joe Giradi will opt to play right-handed hitter Chris Young instead of Ellsbury. He should return to the lineup, if the Yankees advance and play the Royals in the ALDS.
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (back) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. While it's not encouraging Ellsbury is missing another game, it's likely not a significant worry. With the Yankees clinched as a playoff team, there is little reason to rush the veteran into a doubleheader. There's still a chance he returns for Game 2, but Brett Gardner will keep filling in at center field in the meantime.
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the lineup Thursday due to a sore back, according to Jack Curry of the YES Network. Joe Girardi is holding him out of the series finale against Boston after he crashed into an outfield wall Wednesday. Ellsbury should be considered day-to-day ahead of the Friday night game in Baltimore.
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury might be heating with the playoffs looming. He went 3 for 5 with an RBI in a win Sunday over the Mets. Ellsbury is still slashing just .176/.200/.176 in September, but he has collected seven hits - all singles - in his last four games. That indicates he might be breaking out of his prolonged slump. The 32-year-old also added a stolen base Sunday, just his second since Aug. 24.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup for the opening game of the Subway Series on Friday. Ellsbury had played in seven consecutive games, but will get the night off with lefty Steven Matz on the mound for the Mets. Chris Young, hitting clean up for the Yankees, will get the start in left field with Brett Gardner sliding over to center field.