Ellsbury leaves game after banging head into wall

Alicia Cross
May 26, 2017

The New York Yankees might be without Jacoby Ellsbury for some time.

Ellsbury may have a history of being soft and brittle, but there was nothing soft about the way the $153 million man went after the first pitch of Wednesday night's 3-0 shutout win over the Royals at Yankee Stadium in center.

Although Ellsbury was dinged up two seasons ago and limited to 111 games as a result, he remained relatively healthy last season. Almonte was scheduled to make his first career start in place of Nate Karns, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a forearm injury.

Ellsbury has been performing as consistently this season as he ever has in his 10-year Major League Baseball career. He gave up eight runs and 10 hits in six innings. The Tigers cut the lead to one on a two-run homer by Mikie Mahtook in the seventh inning before Centeno singled and scored as Houston tacked on two runs in the bottom of that inning to push the lead to 5-2. On May 1, he sustained a nerve injury to his left elbow after colliding with the wall to catch a ball hit by Toronto IF Ryan Goins. Tanaka has allowed 14 runs and 16 hits in 4 2/3 innings in losses to the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. Brandon Moss struck out swinging on a 3-2 slider to begin the eighth, and Alex Gordon went down swinging on a 3-2 change for the second out. He protected a 2-0 lead by starting an inning-ending double play against Jorge Bonifacio and ended his career-high 114-pitch outing by getting Escobar on a fly ball to deep right.

CHICAGO - Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs, Kyle Hendricks tossed seven strong innings and Chicago held on to beat San Francisco.

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"I think past year I was trying too much, trying to make the action", said Severino, who debuted in August 2015. Until then, he remains a dicey start-to-start option in mixed fantasy leagues, but players in deeper games may find it hard to bench him considering his ever-present ace upside.

Ellsbury also sprained his neck, and that was the immediate concern for Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, who spent some time checking in with the 33-year-old player, along with trainer Steve Donohue. He lowered his National League-leading ERA to 1.91. The Royals will fly from Chicago to NY before playing their final six games of the season at home.

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Warren relieved with two outs in the seventh, and Salvador Perez singled to right, just over the outstretched glove of a leaping Castro.

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