New York Yankees: Jacoby Ellsbury injured yet again


Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees is injured. Again.

In a reverse of the old “adding insult to injury” cliché, Ellsbury was hurt while trying to dive for a ball in the first inning of Tuesday’s 15-1 loss to the Houston Astros. It is said to be a hip injury.

The injury would affect Ellsbury for the rest of that game, according to manager Joe Girardi. As of now, there is no word as to how serious the injury is or how long Ellsbury will be out for. Girardi seemed uncertain about Ellsbury coming back soon.

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“I hope we do, but I can’t tell you for sure,” said Girardi to the New York Post.

The injury woes continue to pile up for the Yankees, who are now two games behind the first-place Blue Jays, and hold a slim four game lead (in the Wild Card) over Minnesota and four and a half game lead over Texas.

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With the way the Yankees have been hitting lately, they cannot afford for this injury to Ellsbury to rob him of a considerable amount of playing time. But as we’ve seen with Ellsbury, he doesn’t always get injured, but when he does, he misses quite a bit of time.

The $153 million man has been plagued with injuries throughout his career. In 2010, while with the Red Sox, he only appeared in 18 games because of a rib injury. In 2012, he only appeared in 74 games because of a shoulder injury. This year, he has already missed time due to a knee injury. And now we have a hip injury.

Ellsbury has played in 78 of a possible 126 games this season. He has missed a staggering 48 games this year. 38% of the Yankees’ games.

Now in his eighth full season, Ellsbury has appeared in over 150 games only twice. The rules and laws of age (Ellsbury turns 32 in September) means that we should expect more DL stints for the centerfielder and that his days of playing in 150 or more games are over before they truly began.

But hey, at least the Yankees have Alex Rodriguez and his .109 batting average (7-for-64) in his last 17 games.

“I’m just off. I’m like the stock market, very volatile right now,” said Rodriguez to the New York Daily News. “But I am bullish on the Yankees and I’m bullish on me.”

It should be noted that bullish has to do with rising share prices, and also has to do with resembling a bull. This can mean stubbornness.

The Yankees were stubborn alright. At the trade deadline, when they refused to make any deals that could’ve bettered the team.

You reap what you sow, I guess.

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