Just watching Friday’s play at the plate, I didn’t think Jacoby Ellsbury was badly injured. Hearing that he was hobbling through the clubhouse this morning made me think he’d probably get two games off — three days because of the Monday off day — just to be safe. But now comes word that if September call-ups weren’t right around the corner, Ellsbury would be a disabled list candidate.
That’s what Joe Girardi said this afternoon in Toronto. He said he’d be “shocked” if Ellsbury played tomorrow. Given the Yankees tendency to downplay injuries rather than overstate them, Girardi’s words seem like a pretty damning bit of analysis.
At this point, the Yankees can’t afford many losses, which means they can’t afford many setbacks. And they’ve now had two in two days. First to their best hope for a down-the-stretch ace, and now to their best hitter of the past month. It’s a bad time for bad news, and the Yankees just got bad news on top of another bad loss.