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.