Ellsbury forced to leave game with knee injury
Hold your breath, Yankees fans.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been the Yankees’ most dependable hitter this season, had to come out of Tuesday night’s inter-league game at Washington, D.C. Word from the clubhouse was that the Yanks’ center fielder had an injury to his right knee.
Ellsbury led off the fourth inning with a walk, but during the at-bat he reacted in pain after swinging at a pitch and walked gingerly before returning to the batter’s box. After Ellsbury advanced to second base on an infield out, manager Joe Girardi and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield ran out of the dugout to talk to the player. Ellsbury remained in the game and scored on a one-out single by Chris Young for the first run of a four-run rally that gave the Yanks the lead momentarily.
But when the Yankees took the field in the bottom of the fourth, Carlos Beltran was inserted in Ellsbury’s spot in the batting order and playing right field with Young moving to center.
Ellsbury leads the Yankees in batting with a .324 average and stolen bases with 14 in 19 attempts. In 23 games since April 22, Ellsbury is hitting .367 in 90 at-bats with 18 runs, three doubles, one home run, six RBI, 11 walks, 3 hit by pitches and 11 steals