The Yankees have placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the seven-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team announced Thursday.
Ellsbury collided with the outfield wall while making a running catch on Wednesday evening, as the Yankees defeated the Royals 3-0 in the Bronx. Ellsbury finished the inning, but exited the game after being diagnosed with a concussion and a strained neck.
Wednesday night marked Ellsbury’s 39th game of the season, over which span he’s slashed .281/.349/.422 with four home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases. His four round-trippers are the most through his first 39 games of a season since 2011, when he finished runner-up in AL MVP voting.
Rob Refsnyder, 26, played three games at the MLB level in 2017, but has spent the bulk of the year in Triple-A, where he’s slashed .303/.391/.454 with 14 extra-base hits, one homer, 10 RBI and 18 runs scored over 33 games.
After making his MLB debut in July of 2015, Refsnyder has posted a career .258 batting average in 77 games with the Yankees, along with two homers, 17 RBI and 29 runs. He’s spent time at first, second and third base, as well as both left and right field at the major league level, but the red-hot Aaron Hicks will likely take over center field duties in Ellsbury’s absence.
The Yankees’ regularly scheduled Thursday afternoon series finale against Kansas City was postponed due to inclement weather, and will be made up on September 25.
Stay tuned to YES for the latest news and developments on Ellsbury’s concussion recovery.