The New York Yankees were hoping their center fielder’s health would take a better turn this week. Unfortunately it has not. Jacoby Ellsbury is still battling health issues. New York is unsure when exactly he will be able to return to the field.
Ellsburry first suffered a concussion two weeks ago. Two weeks later, he has not been brought much closer to a return date. He was hurt when he crashed into a wall after catching a line drive hit by Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals, according to CBS New York.
Since May 24, that collision with the wall has continued to come back to hurt Ellsbury. He recently said,“I’m feeling better.” He said he still has some headaches, but after taking to the team doctor, progress is being made. He also said that there are some days that are a little better then other days.
As of now the New York Yankees outfielder is still suffering from headaches. Manage Joe Girardi spoke on the status of Ellsbury, “The headaches have been gone at times, but it seems like when we start some activity they come back,”
Aside from a rough past pair of weeks, it has been a good season for Ellsbury. He is off to a strong start, posting a .281 batting average, slugging four home-runs, and driving in 14 RBIs through 39 games. Ellsbury is running the bases well, and appears to have rediscovered his speed, swiping a total of eight bases.
With Ellsbury working on getting back to 100 percent, the Yankees have been in search of some extra offense in the meantime. Yesterday, they found that extra offense. As they hosted their arch rival, the Boston Red Sox, there was no accommodation offered to Boston, except some pin point location by the Yankees pitching staff.
They held Boston’s offense scoreless. On the other hand the Yankees lineup was very much alive, as they defeated Boston 0-8. After dropping the first game of the series 5-4, New York came back strongly in Game 2 of the series. The Yankees have the best record of the AL East.
Following their big Wednesday night victory, the Yankees improved to 33-23 on the season. They were also able to expand their lead in the division to two games. The closest team remains the Boston Red Sox, who are going 32-26, but they trail now by a pair of games.
Tonight in the third and final game of their home series against the Red Sox, New York will be aiming to add some insurance to their lead of the AL East. With their upcoming series against the Orioles, New York needs all the insurance wins they can get. Baltimore only trails the Yankees by just over two games.
Can the New York Yankees hold first place? Will New York have another high-scoring game tonight? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod