New York Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is headed to the 15-day disabled list with a right new sprain, according to MLB.com. The Yankees will call up Slade Heathcott from Triple-A to fill Ellsbury spot. Heathcott was hitting .280 in 36 games for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate.
Ellsbury left Tuesday’s game again the Nationals in the fourth inning with an apparent knee injury. He was off to a great start this season, posting a .327 batting average and leading the American League with 14 stolen bases. He was finally starting to look like the player that the Yankees had hoped for when they signed him following the 2014 season.
This is a devastating blow for the Yankees, who are currently tied for first place in the American League East with the Rays.