There is a price for everything in life and the Yankees may have paid a big one Friday night. Shortly after a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays in front of 43,318 at Rogers Centre, the sight of Jacoby Ellsbury entering the clubhouse dragging a tender left ankle removed some of the steam from a victory that followed a heartbreaking loss Thursday in Detroit. “I can’t tell you he will play [Saturday],’’ manager Joe Girardi said of his center fielder, who continued to sizzle at the plate with a two-run homer in a five-run seventh and a triple in the ninth. “It’s frustrating because he is playing so well.’’ Ellsbury, who is riding a 20-for-44 (.455) hot streak, underwent a fluoroscope test that was negative. Ellsbury was injured sliding into catcher Dioner Navarro in the ninth inning when Derek Jeter hit a ground ball to third baseman Danny Valencia. The Yankees contested Navarro blocked the plate before having the ball which is supposed to be illegal under a rule introduced this year. Originally, plate umpire Mike Everitt called Ellsbury safe, but when the umpires contacted MLB headquarters to take a look, the call was changed to an out. “I will call [medical staff] the first thing in the morning and go from there,’’ said Ellsbury, who had the ankle taped and stayed in the game for the final three outs. “Playing [Saturday], I haven’t ruled it out. It doesn’t feel good but hopefully I will play.’’ Ellsbury said having an ice pack removed moments before speaking to the media accounted for some of the limp, but admitted the ankle was sore. The 70-63 Yankees’ seventh win in nine games enabled them to stay seven lengths back of the AL East-leading Orioles.
Troublesome Ellsbury news puts damper on Yanks’ win over Blue Jays
New York Post | Aug 30