As expected today the Yankees welcomed Jacoby Ellsbury and Andrew Miller back from the disabled list after they both missed extended time with injuries.
Ellsbury is starting in center field and leading off tonight against the A’s after being sidelined since mid-May with a sprained right knee.
Miller has been out for a month with a strained forearm, but manager Joe Girardi indicated Tuesday that he’ll jump right back into the closer role and push Dellin Betances into his usual setup role.
New York sits atop the AL East with a 44-39 record and now the Yankees are getting healthy.
Two key players are ready to rejoin the Yankees after missing extended time with injuries, as manager Joe Girardi announced that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and left-hander Andrew Miller are expected to come off the disabled list Wednesday.
Ellsbury has been on the DL since mid-May with a sprained right knee and his return was delayed a few days by leg fatigue while on a minor-league rehab assignment. He was hitting .324 with 14 steals in 37 games at the time of the injury and will resume leading off for the Yankees.
Miller has missed a month with a forearm injury, but Girardi indicated that he’ll step right back into the closer role after posting a 1.03 ERA and 43/10 K/BB ratio in 26 innings before being shut down. Dellin Betances will resume setup duties and the Yankees once again have MLB’s best one-two punch in the bullpen.
The Yankees’ lineup is about to get a boost, as George A. King of the New York Post reports that Jacoby Ellsbury is set to be activated from the disabled list for Wednesday’s game against the Athletics.
Ellsbury has been out since May 19 with a sprained right knee. The 31-year-old has gone 2-for-13 (.154) with a run scored over four minor league rehab games with High-A Tampa. He was scheduled to play in another rehab game today, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he was scratched due to poor field conditions.
“We scratched him because the fields were wet,’’ the GM said of the playing surface Monday in Tampa, where Ellsbury was on a rehab assignment with the Single-A club. “He did some simulated stuff [Monday] and will do it again Tuesday and be activated Wednesday.’’
Ellsbury was batting .324/.412/.372 with one home run, six RBI, and 14 stolen bases over 37 games prior to the injury. Brett Gardner caught fire out of the leadoff spot in June, but he’s expected to slide down to the No. 2 spot upon Ellsbury’s return.