Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 3 days ago

Ellsbury is out of the lineup Thursday, the Wall Street Journal's Jared Diamond reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With lefty J.A. Happ on the mound, the Yankees will give Aaron Hicks the start in center field, hitting second. The Yankees have been unwilling to move Ellsbury into a platoon as of yet, although the case could be made that it is the optimal deployment, as he has a 95 wRC+ against lefties, compared to a 118 mark against righties, and Hicks of course destroys southpaws.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 1 week ago

Ellsbury went 2-for-4 with a triple, a run, two RBI and a walk Friday at the Athletics.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury's two-run triple in the ninth inning put the finishing touches on a Yankees win. He's now hit safely in his last six contests to raise his batting average to a season-high .285.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury went 3-for-3 with a pair of walks in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury also delivered an RBI and scored a pair of runs in the victory. The 32-year-old has recorded a hit in all four games since returning from a hip injury -- raising his average to .278 -- but he's yet to attempt a stolen base in that time after swiping nine bags in 12 tries in the opening four weeks.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury went 1-for-4 and scored twice in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury missed the previous eight games with a hip ailment, but he was able to avoid a DL stint and return to the lineup Sunday. The centerfielder has overcome a slow start, as every part of his .260/.321/.380 slash line marks an improvement over last season's numbers.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury (hip) is back in the lineup in center field and is batting leadoff Sunday against the White Sox, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Yankees have held Ellsbury out of the lineup over the last eight games while he's battled the hip ailment, but he was fortunately able to avoid a DL stint and looks like he's ready to serve in an everyday role once again. Ellsbury's return will result in Aaron Hicks returning to the bench for the afternoon.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury (hip) is available off the bench Saturday, and is expected to return to the lineup Sunday, according to general manager Brian Cashman, LoHud's Chad Jennings reports. "That's our hope and expectation," Cashman said.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He will be out of the lineup for the eighth consecutive game Saturday, but according to Cashman, that streak will come to an end Sunday. Ellsbury's fragility has always been a concern, but fortunately he stole nine bases in 27 games before suffering this latest injury, so fantasy owners can't complain too much. Given how hard it is to find speed these days, Ellsbury doesn't have to add much in terms of power to be a very useful fantasy piece as long as he can stay somewhat healthy over the rest of the season. The Yankees could look to give him strategic days off going forward, especially with Aaron Hicks looming as an above average replacement off the bench.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury remains out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Make it seven straight absences for Ellsbury, who continues to nurse a sprained hip muscle. It's uncertain if he'll be available off the bench Friday, but there is some hope Ellsbury could return before the end of the weekend. Aaron Hicks is once again filling in in center field.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury (hip) could return to the lineup sometime this weekend, the New York Daily News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury missed his sixth consecutive game Thursday, but he is making progress in his recovery, and may be able to return to action at some point over the next few days. Ellsbury's status for Friday's game will be known when the Yankees release their starting lineup several hours prior to game time.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury (hip) remains out of the lineup Thursday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury was able to work out a bit prior to Thursday's game, but he is still not healthy enough to take the field, and will sit out for the sixth straight day. Aaron Hicks will make another start in center field Thursday in Ellsbury's place.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 3 weeks ago

Ellsbury (hip) remains out of the lineup Wednesday game against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ellsbury will sit out Wednesday for the fifth game in a row as he continues to battle soreness in his hip. He did test his injury by jogging Wednesday, according to Newsday's David Lennon, but he did not run at full speed and was not on the field for long, so he did not demonstrate much for progress. It's not clear how much longer he will be sidelined, but Aaron Hicks will continue getting starts in center field until Ellsbury is able to return.