The Yankees have lost outfielders at an alarming pace this spring, which gave Jacoby Ellsbury a chance. Or at least it would have if he had not had a setback, which Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced today. Seems that Ellsbury hurt his hip while trying to come back from the oblique injury which caused him to go to the DL in the first pace.
Ellsbury lost the starting center field job to Aaron Hicks last season, but with Hicks, and his replacement, Billy McKinney, both going down to injury, Ellsbury stood to get some playing time and a chance to work more regularly into the Yankees’ outfield rotation if he had produced once he got it.
Ellsbury hit .264/.348/.402 with seven homers and 39 RBIs in 112 games last season. He’s guaranteed over $21 million a year for each of the next three seasons as part of a $153 million, seven-year contract he signed when he joined the Yankees before the 2014 season. There’s a $5 million buyout of his 2022 option.
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.
This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.