Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Ellsbury, Beltran Likely Out for the Year

Yankees' Center Fielder Jacoby Ellsbury (hamstring) and Right Fielder Carlos Beltran (elbow) likely won't return to the team this weekend, Daniel Barbarasi of The Wall Street Journal and Chad Jennings of The Journal News report. 

Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year/$153 million deal with the club last December, hit .271 with 16 home runs and 70 RBIs this season, numbers often considered disappointing given the ones he used to put up as a member of the Red Sox.  

Nonetheless, since he still got some big knocks over the course of the schedule while also being pretty reliable defensively it's fair to say that 2014 was an overall solid campaign for the left-hander, who wore #22 on his uniform since his original #2 was obviously already taken by Derek Jeter. 

As for the other injured player whose time on the field is probably over, Beltran, this news really isn't that surprising, as the veteran's been hurt on-and-off this season. Still, due to his being set to have surgery next month he is expected to be ready when the Yankees begin Spring Training in Tampa next February, a fact that should uplift them given their current situation with Starting Pitcher Ivan Nova. 

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