NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team's most consistent player this year may be done for the season.
''I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon as possible,'' Ellsbury said Saturday. ''I will talk to the team and we will be on the same page with this. But I will still try to do everything I can to please these last nine games.''
Manager Joe Girardi was not so hopeful, expressing frustration in losing another of his starters to injury, especially with the Yankees clinging to faint playoffs hopes with nine games to play. They are 4 1-2 games out of the second wild card.
''He's not a player for us,'' Girardi said. ''Obviously we will give him a few days off and see where he's at. It's not what you want but we have to deal with it.''
Ellsbury had homered and doubled Friday night before he was hurt beating out a double-play relay in the fourth inning against Toronto. Recent acquisition, Martin Prado is also out with a hamstring injury and left fielder Brett Gardner missed several games this month with an abdominal injury.
Signed to a seven-year, $153 million free-agent contract in the offseason, Ellsbury is hitting .271 with 16 homers and a team-leading 70 RBIs.