Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 22 Days

Ellsbury (ankle) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports.

Ellsbury's absence for a second straight game comes as little surprise, after manager Joe Girardi said Saturday night that he'd be "shocked" if the outfielder were able to play the next day. To cover for his absence, the Yankees will move Brett Gardner over to center field, with Zelous Wheeler joining the lineup as the left fielder. The Yankees hope to have Ellsbury back in time for Tuesday's series opener with the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 23 Days

Manager Joe Girardi said after Saturday's loss in Toronto that he'd be "shocked" if Ellsbury was able to play Sunday, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.

Ellsbury initially injured his left ankle in the ninth inning Friday during a slide into home plate, which kept him out Saturday and likely Sunday as well. With an off day Monday, Girardi appears to be hoping that three days of rest is enough time for Ellsbury to assume regular duty in center field and the leadoff spot Tuesday versus the Red Sox.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 23 Days

Ellsbury (ankle) is not in the starting lineup Saturday, Jack Curry of YES Network reports.

Brett Gardner will lead off and play center field Saturday in Ellsbury's absence. Consider him day-to-day until the Yankees provide further details regarding the extent of his injury.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 24 Days

Ellsbury hurt his left ankle in Friday's game while sliding into home during the ninth inning. He underwent further tests after the game, and the results came back negative, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reports.

Ellsbury should be considered day-to-day, but he was spotted with his ankle wrapped following the test and sporting a noticeable limp. The tests Friday night were performed with a fluoroscope, so it's unclear if the Yankees will want Ellsbury to undergo any further tests.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 28 Days

Ellsbury shined for the Yankees Monday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI.

Ellsbury has been hitting the ball well lately, collecting 14 hits in his last 32 at-bats. The Yankees' big free agent splash has held his own in the Bronx this season, hitting .280 with 11 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 28 Days

Ellsbury (general soreness) is back in the lineup Monday in Kansas City, Meredith Marakovits of YES Network reports.

Ellsbury's beat-up body was slated to receive a day off Sunday, but instead, he entered in the seventh inning to cover center, which he'll handle Monday as well. He's put together a productive seven-game stretch, during which he's hit .370 (10-for-27) with three RBI, two runs scored, and four stolen bases.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 29 Days

Manager Joe Girardi acknowledged Ellsbury is "pretty beat up," MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports. As a result, Ellsbury will be held out of Sunday's lineup against the White Sox.

The combination of Ellsbury's general body soreness and left-hander Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox were enough to convince manager Joe Girardi to give his $153 million outfielder a day off. Whatever physical issue Ellsbury is dealing with doesn't seem to be overly severe, making him a relatively safe lineup play during the upcoming week's slate of games.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 29 Days

Ellsbury is out of the lineup Sunday against the White Sox, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

The Yankees will stock up heavily on right-handed bats with Chris Sale on the mound for the White Sox, with several key regulars taking a seat as a result. Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, Brian McCann and Brett Gardner will all find themselves out of the lineup Sunday, with Ichiro Suzuki, Brendan Ryan, Francisco Cervelli and Zelous Wheeler manning their respective positions.

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Ellsbury went 2-for-3 Monday with an RBI and a double against the Tigers.

Ellsbury and the Yankees produced nine hits, but could turn that into just two runs. The center fielder was just 1-for-13 this month before Monday's performance, bringing his average to .275 for the year with nine home runs.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 Months

Jacoby Ellsbury is not in Monday's lineup against the Rangers.

We haven't heard anything about an injury, so he's likely just getting a breather. Brett Gardner will start in center field Monday while the newly-recalled Zoilo Almonte will start in left.