Jacoby Ellsbury exits Friday’s game with a strained right hamstring


Jacoby Ellsbury was lifted from Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays in the top of the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring, Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports. According to McCarron, Ellsbury was clutching at his hamstring after hitting into an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth. Ellsbury will undergo an MRI to determine the severity.

Ellsbury was in the midst of a productive night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run home run. With the Yankees quite unlikely to make it into the post-season, this may be the end of Ellsbury’s season. If that’s it, Ellsbury put up a productive first year in the Bronx, batting .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI, and 39 stolen bases.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.