Ellsbury will start in center field and lead off Wednesday against the Mets. A night after hitting seventh, Ellsbury will jump six spots in the order to set the table for the Yankees with Brett Gardner receiving the evening off to rest. Manager Joe Girardi has been rotating in a number of different players at designated hitter of late with Matt Holliday (back) on the disabled list, but it appears that Ellsbury could be the main beneficiary of the shuffling of the lineup more often than not. Ellsbury will be making his sixth start in eight games Wednesday.
Ellsbury is out of the lineup Monday against the Mets, Pete Caldera of The Record reports. Though the Yankees recently swapped one regular (Aaron Hicks) from the disabled list for another (Clint Frazier), it appears it won't be enough to keep Ellsbury in the lineup as frequently as he had been while Hicks was sidelined. Ellsbury has hit just .164 since the All-Star break and may have to settle for only a few starts per week while the Yankees turn to a number of options to fill the open void at designated hitter created by Matt Holliday's (back) placement on the DL.
Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox. Once a 30-homer threat, Ellsbury has fallen short of double digits in both of the last two years, and he appears primed to do so again this season, as he has just five home runs in 237 at-bats. Ellsbury is not hitting for average or stealing many bases to make up for the lack of power either, but at least he's playing regularly again with both Clint Frazier (oblique) and Matt Holliday (back) on the DL.
Ellsbury is out of the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays. Ellsbury had started four of the Yankees' last five games, turning in a pair of two-hit performances during that span. Though he'll hit the bench Monday, Ellsbury looks like he could be the primary beneficiary of Matt Holliday's (back) recent placement on the disabled list. Ellsbury could see at least semi-regular duty in the outfield or at DH while some combination of Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge rotate between the other three spots.
Ellsbury will lead off and man center field Monday against the Tigers, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Ellsbury will serve as a direct replacement for Brett Gardner both in the outfield and atop the lineup while the latter rests in the series opener. With a .160 average in July and an everyday role no longer in hand after Clint Frazier passed him up on the depth chart, Ellsbury is probably worth rostering only in AL-only or deeper mixed formats at this point, but he could have some appeal as a punt play in daily contests Monday while he occupies a premium spot in the lineup.
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