Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left last night’s game in the fourth inning after appearing to tweak his knee while batting. He stayed in the game after reaching base and eventually scoring, but he was obviously not right. Now he’s out for a bit: the Yankees placed him on the 15-day disabled list following the game.
Ellsbury, despite dealing with various aches and pains since spring training, has been great for the Yankees this year, hitting .324/.412/.372 and leading the American League in stolen bass with 14. Figure Chris Young or Slade Heathcott, who was called up after last night’s game, to get the bulk of the playing time in Ellsbury’s absence.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”