Jacoby Ellsbury isn’t ready to return to Yankees 48


Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been out of the Yankees lineup since he was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list last Thursday.

However, Ellsbury is nowhere near ready to return to game action, especially after he complained that his neck was still a little sore.

“We don’t believe he is quite ready,’’ Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Thursday night regarding Ellsbury. “The thing about concussions is that you really have to rely on the player when he physically feels like there’s nothing going on. He’s not quite ready. His neck is still sore.’’

Girardi elaborated that handling a concussion is different than handling a player who lands on the disabled list with an oblique or a hamstring strain. There are extra measures and protocol to ensure a player doesn’t end up on the disabled list again, especially if the player returns well before he’s physically able to contribute to the lineup.

“When you hurt a hamstring or a quad, you’re pretty sure when you say it’s going to be two weeks, it’s going to be two weeks,’’ Girardi said. “With a concussion and then you throw the whiplash on top of it. … He doesn’t quite feel himself.’’

Despite Ellsbury not being ready, the Yankees happen to have the luxury of waiting for him to come off the disabled list. Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge have done a stellar job in making sure Ellsbury isn’t too missed, although they all are aware of Ellsbury’s importance on the team. But until then, the main thing for Ellsbury is to get better so he can once again contribute in the Yankees potent lineup.


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  • Terry

    Hicks, Judge and Gardner have, in my opinion, been the best OF in baseball this year. They are all hot at the plate and we now have three guys that can throw you out on the bases. Like I said before, I would keep the current starters and work in Ells when you can.

  • Jack

    Gardner has a weak arm! Put him a package and go get a pitcher! Bring up one of our outfield prospects and play him as you rest the other 3 starters

    • tom

      Damn. Rob usually came in and whipped up an article when Delia wasn't active. Now, we are in the middle of the most important rivalry series and neither Rob nor Delia didn't write anything. Something's definitely wrong.

  • Jerry

    Oh well, what's everyone think about bringing up Chance Adams for a few starts? And hasn't Holliday been a godsend? Please comment.

    • Celerino

      They wouldn't put him on the 40 man before they had to and then burn an option unless they intended to keep him there long term. They wouldn't do it for a spot start or two.

      • Jerry

        Maybe Adams and Tanaka can switch places, how much longer can we go with Tanaka? Is it possible he's done, I don't think so or at least I hope not. I see no movement on his pitches. Adams deserves to come up and looks ready.

  • tom

    Now, nobody laughs at my suggestion about Tanaka being in bullpen. Good. lol. Anyway, if Yankees decide to create an opening spot in the rotation for real then go for it with Adams. Otherwise, go with one who is already on the reserve roster.

    Trade option for starters is not that attractive since we know Yankees won't get any better SP without giving up Adams. Jake Peavy has been pondering about MLB return so Yankees should sign him to minor league contract this week to get ready for 2nd half action.

    If there is any trade conversation for SP then I may think about German, Acevedo, Heller and Fowler for Giants' Shark. Since Severino, Monty and Adams will be frontline SPs for Yankees next year Shark and Tanaka' durability and experience to keep the rotation altogether for next 2 years. Shark's 18m AAV is better than Verlander's 28m and spotty SPs' 13-16m. umm.

    Regarding 1B/3B situation, the media circle called for 3B help so I only saw two options for Yankees. Jed Lowrie and Yunel Escobar.

    1) Lowrie option would mean Bird is a no go at 1B every game as Austin and Headley would platoon at that position. Yankees may give up a better prospects for his service of 1 and an half years. Is Fowler and Wade package good enough to get him?

    2) Escobar would platoon with Headley at 3B as Bird is proven to be everyday 1B. Angels have struggled to find a reliable southpaw in any role of pitching staff so Yankees could give up Caleb Smith and Caleb Frare or Tyler Webb for aging rental 3B. Dietrich Enns, Nestor Cortes or Ian Clarkin could be also a possibility.

    3) Torres has struggled mightily due to dealing with a bunch of breaking balls. That is good news because once he is hitting again he will be ready for MLB action by end of July. Similar to Judge's situation last year.

    Naturally, everyone wants #3 option here but we have to be prepared as if Torres continues struggling throughout the summer. Yankees aren't going to play Wade or Austin at 3B in bigs.

    Honestly, I have no idea what trades will happen but Yankees need to make few moves because there are a bunch of talents that are needed to be protected after this season. Burning a few prospects to strengthen 2017 Yankees is necessary.

    Chad Green should stay in the bullpen permanently. His fastball is much better there. He and Shreve can stretch to 3 or 4 innings as long as they remain under 55 pitches once in a while.

    Mitchell can be moved for a reliable SP. By reliable, I mean Girardi actually will stick with the one in the rotation. It has to be done to improve pitching staff stability. Mitchell is struggling to win Girardi's trust because he pitches too many for small job. Moving him to lesser pressure environment may benefit Mitchell. umm.

    • Howard

      I actually agree with most of the above, however don't be in a rush to trade Fowler, he could be our potential future CF.
      Peavy is toast.
      Green can start put Mitchell in long relief.
      I agree get Lowrie or Moustakis, but Mous is a free agent.
      Tanaka needs a stint on the ten day DL, the man needs a vacation to regain his confidence and find his splitter.

  • Jerry

    You were right about Tanaka, throw him in the pen and maybe build his confidence back up. As for Peavy, I guess it wouldn't hurt to offer him a minor league contract, but he seems to be done and for a few years already…….Yunel Escobar is an interesting thought, certainly has been a good hitter the last couple of years, I would not give up much for him though…… The Yankees will have to be creative when it comes to trades, like I've said in the past trade from our surplus of infielders for pitching prospects that are close….. Chad Green and Chasen Shreve have looked solid in the pen and Chapman is almost back. Mitchell is an enigma that I think will eventually figure it out. …..All in all the Yankees have a lot of weapons to trade or to work with.

  • ERIC PELLIS

    Mike Moustakas!!!! 28 years old and would be the perfect fit for 3rd base for now AND the future. He would be as popular as Paul O'neill. This guy plays hard and plays to win and would be great at the stadium. This is the kind of trade you make for prospects when you are getting a poven winner that the fans would love. Signing him to a long term deal should not be a deterrent to bring him here. Gleyber Torres should not be our third baseman of the future. I would sign Didi to a long term deal and trade Castro for some pitching. A dream infield of Bird,Torres,Didi, and Moustakas is as good as it gets in my opinion.

      • Jerry

        Maybe Adams and Tanaka can switch places, how much longer can we go with Tanaka? Is it possible he's done, I don't think so or at least I hope not. I see no movement on his pitches. Adams deserves to come up and looks ready.

    • Howard

      I have been pushing for Moustakas for a while now.
      The only provision would be we need the 48 hour window to negotiate a contract, otherwise he give up kids for nothing.

  • Jerry

    Moose is having a pretty good year this year, already 15 home runs and does have a lot of fire in him, , but I'm a huge fan of Castro who is having an outstanding year so far. I am thinking of Torres at 3rd and keeping Castro at 2nd and Didi at short. But at this point Moose is somewhat better than Headley, certainly this year.

    • tom

      I like that way. However, I am not sure about the package for him. I suspect it will be stronger return than my proposal for Shark. Mets are "working" on acquiring Moose. I'm curious about the trade value in real life.

  • Dan M

    Love Moustakas, think he'd be great in Yankees stadium, probably wouldn't take a lot to get him, pretty sure he's a free agent at the end of the year so he's essentially a rental player. Maybe we can trade Headley to a team for a bucket of balls??? As for the future, Im personally hoping the Yankees can bring Machado to the Bronx once he's a FA. Some people like Harper more but Yankees have great depth in the outfield with players like Fowler and Frazier etc. People asking for Torres right now need to relax and let get more experience at AAA. Castro has been playing great this year and he's not a FA until the end of 2020 season so it's possible either he or Didi could be expandable within the next year or two. If I were Cashman I'd assess the trade value for Castro and Didi and see who could bring back more to the team prospect wise, which opens a spot at either SS or 2nd for Torres. No matter what happens it's a great situation for the Yankees here and now and for the future.

    • Jerry

      Biggest need for the Yankees is pitching, that's what I'd concentrate on. And I'm on board with Castro and Didi, unless Castro goes to third and Torres goes to 2nd.

      • Dan M

        I agree, pitching is Yankees biggest question mark to address. How would you address that though, you develop internally and wait to see what Adams can do in majors whenever he gets the call? Do you wait and see what Kaprielian is able to do whenever he's recovered from TJS? Or do you go outside organization and trade for an ace or look at Free Agency? In addition what are your thoughts on the Machado idea? I love the combo of Castro and Didi myself but to make room for Torres I think one of them would def have to go, especially if trading one of them could get back a possible top end pitcher. I don't know why but I don't like the idea of Castro at 3rd, theirs no particular reason it just doesn't sit right with me currently.

        • Jerry

          Like I've said in other posts, trade from our surplus of infielders in the minors for top prospects in other organizations, guys that are almost ready. I'm talking pitchers. I would also like to see Adams as soon as possible, so we know what we might have.
          And yes, it would be great to get our pitching through free agency, but we may be forced to trade some of our talent, we can't keep them all. Could be some Blockbusters.
          As for Machado, I would love to have him , he's. having kind of an off season so far, but monster talent who I believe would thrive in New York. And Castro, I believe could maybe be better at 3rd than 2nd. Also think he will continue to get better , definitely as a hitter.

      • Dan M

        I'll keep that in mind for the future Howard, you keep the bucket 'o' balls lol. Maybe Headley is worth a giant bag of sunflower seeds? Or possibly a giant tub of bazooka bubble gum for Judge? Lol.

    • tom

      I can't answer this perfectly. I think I would rather to stick with current OF with Ellsbury being 4ther. He will be back as a starter since Gardner has his tendency of waning down hard and Hicks may deal with serious slump some time.

  • buckeye balls

    Between the three OF spots and DH there is plenty of opportunity for Ellsbury. Gardy needs to rest a lot and guys will get hurt. It's not really a problem and if it is it's a good one

  • Jerry

    The great thing about the Yankees, they have so many weapons, last night Sanchez hits two dingers, Holliday and Gardner going nuts another game, Judge almost every game, Hicks doing his part, Castro kicking ass, Didi going strong and even Carter with a big game. It's a very well rounded line up and Bird will be coming back soon. It's every night you can't wait to put the game on. Yankees are for real!!

  • tom

    What is Aaron Judge's chance to be first Yankee to win triple crown since Mickey Mantle (1956)?

    Same for Luis Severino since Lefty Gomez (1937)?

    For me, I think Judge will chase the rarity in 3-5 years from this season. Severino may have a chance if he has different manager.

    • Jerry

      I think the high average would be the toughest thing to attain. Home runs and rbis in this line up, yes, but strike outs and big swings might lead to a lower average, although the Mick struck out plenty. Whatever this guy is legit. And Severino is another must watch. The crazy thing is this team will only get better. And if Tanaka gets his act together, forget about it.

  • tom

    Tanaka will be pushed to Monday. 4 options.

    1. Chad Green. MOST LIKELY
    2. Bryant Mitchell (starts an half hour prior Yankees begin tonight)
    3. Domingo German (mop up for Mitchell due to his pitch count) MY CHOICE
    4. Chance Adams (will start on Sunday; Need roster move) LEAST POSSIBLE.

    Green and Mitchell would be dealing with the limit of 65 pitches. Yankees would have to hold either Mitchell or German back for tonight just in case if Green makes an appearance. It is easier than dealing with 40m transaction.

    If everyone is used tonight then he may get his name in reality.

    That is as far as logic goes.

  • Jerry

    Severino tonight, let's hope he continues his mastery. I'm up in Cape Cod, Hoping to find a bar that has Fox on the screen . Red Sox fans can be a bit uppity when I walk in with my Yankee hat on. My wife is not into baseball, but she is into 🍺, so it works out. 5-1 final tonight, yanks winning of course, Sanchez and Judge back to back and a belly to belly.

  • Jerry

    Let's keep this thing rolling, this is just crazy Yankee baseball. The only player in the lineup that concerns me is Headley, no offense and terrible defense. Can we still win with him, yes, but what for. Give Torres a little more time and see if he's a fit. If he is, bring him up. It's certainly not unheard of to bring up a 20 year old. Castro came up when he was 20.
    Like Tom has said several times put Tanaka in the pen. Bring up Chance Adams , he apparently is almost ready. I know we are not supposed to win this year, but winning is knocking on the door, we have to go for it, and may not need much more. Starting pitching, you can never have enough, trade from strength and get some.
    Game in California tonight, gonna try and catch the first few innings, at least catch Judge a couple of ab's.

    • Jerry

      If that was true, he would already be here. I wanted him to come up when Didi was hurt, you know DiDi Gregorius, and it didn't happen. He's on a fast track, no doubt. He's no Johnny come lately.