Jacoby Ellsbury may have saved a double or triple for the New York Yankees in the first inning of their win on Wednesday night, but that play ultimately came with a price.
The Yankees centerfielder was diagnosed with a concussion and a sprained neck during the game which prompted the Yankees to place him on the 7-day concussion disabled list. The Yankees announced early Thursday morning that Rob Refsnyder would get the call-up.
One thing is certain; the Yankees are going to miss what Ellsbury brings to the table, but they are also going to do their best in replacing him.
“He’s a guy that you can’t really replace, with what he does on both sides of the ball,” Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner said after the Yankees 3-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals. “But [Aaron[ Hicks obviously has been playing great. He’s going to step right in. We’ll keep this thing rolling along. Hopefully [Ellsbury] is back as soon as he’s ready and it’s not long.”
Luckily for the Yankees, depth regarding the Yankees and their injuries isn’t necessarily an issue.
“We’ve got a lot of depth,” Gardner said. “We’ve been tested early on with Gary [Sanchez] being out and with Didi [Gregorius] being out and Chappy [Aroldis Chapman] being out.”
The Yankees were able to overcome those three injuries, so it would make sense they overcome Ellsbury’s injury as well. Let’s just hope Ellsbury isn’t out longer than the initial seven days.