Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants, Erik Boland of Newsday Sports reports. Ellsbury will get a day off as the team faces Madison Bumgarner in the opening game of the series in the Bronx. The 32-year-old has started every game since the All-Star break ended, but will be replaced by Aaron Hicks in center for Friday's matchup.
Ellsbury reached on a catcher's interference for the ninth time this season, setting an obscure major league record on what was an otherwise pedestrian 1-for-2 with an RBI and a steal night. Ellsbury's remarkable nine catcher's interferences in a single season sets a new major league record with 9, and he's done it with almost half the season left to play. The play gives Ellsbury 23 catcher's interferences for his career, the most of any active player. The major league record of 29 career is held by Pete Rose and looks in striking distance for the 32-year-old Ellsbury
Ellsbury went 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored, three RBI and his fourth home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Indians. He's been alternating good months with quiet ones so far this season, and the pattern is holding true as Ellsbury is slashing .333/.381/.436 through the first nine games of July with five multi-hit performances. Hopefully the All-Star break won't slow his momentum.
Ellsbury will bat second and play center field Friday against Cleveland, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. Ellsbury will swap spots at the top of the batting order with Brett Gardner who will be batting leadoff Friday. Ellsbury is 9-for-21 (.429) over his last five games.
Ellsbury went 3-for-4 Wednesday at the White Sox. Ellsbury joined Didi Gregorius as the only Yankee hitters to post more than one hit in a game that saw the team get shut out. He's now collected multiple hits in three of his last four games, and he slashing .280/.348/.396 on the season.