The New York Yankees won’t see Jacoby Ellsbury at all this season after the outfielder underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum, the team announced Tuesday.
The operation, performed Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, carries a typical recovery time of six months.
Ellsbury, 34, hasn’t played in the majors this year while battling a number of injuries. He began the season on the disabled list after being sidelined with an oblique injury for much of spring training, and later suffered a hip injury during his rehabilitation.
In April, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Ellsbury hadn’t been able to fully resume baseball activities due to a bout with plantar fasciitis. And in June, Ellsbury told reporters he would return this season after doctors zeroed in on the sacroiliac joint in his lower back causing his problems.
“I’m getting better,” Ellsbury said at the time. “I’m doing just exercises and treatment (and) ice, that sort of thing. Moving ahead in the right direction. I’m excited about it. Hopefully will be playing in some games in the near future.”
Including this season, Ellsbury has three years remaining on the seven-year, $153 million contract he signed with New York that pays him approximately $21 million annually. A $21 million option for 2021 can be bought out for $5 million.
Last year, Ellsbury hit .264 with seven home runs, 39 RBIs and 22 steals in 112 games. In four inconsistent seasons with New York, he is batting .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 steals.
Without Ellsbury, the Yankees are 69-42 and in the playoff picture, though their outfield has seen Clint Frazier (concussion) and Aaron Judge (wrist) lost to injuries in the last month.
–Field Level Media