Jacoby Ellsbury, will miss the next 7 games at the bare minimum after being placed on the 7-day concussion DL. On the first pitch of last night's Yankees-Royals game, Alcides Escobar ripped a shot to deep centerfield, Ellsbury made an outstanding catch while running full speed into the wall. He collapsed to the ground after the catch and took quite awhile to rise up to his feet afterwards. It looked as if he were going to remain in the game, then Joe Girardi and the trainer came out, and figured the best thing to do was to remove him from the game to further evaluate him. After further evaluation it was determined that Ellsbury suffered a concussion. Since that was the case by the MLB rules he is forced to take at least a week off, thus why he's on a special 7-day DL.
This isn't the worst thing that could've happened, so I'm not stressing it whatsoever. The Yankees have 4 outfielders that can start everyday, the fact one went down just makes it that much easier for Girardi to fill out the lineup card. Ellsbury was probably doing the worst out of Hicks, Gardner, and Judge, so if anyone had to go down at least it was our least productive bat. Ellsbury has been playing much better, though, and his glove in centerfield will truly be missed. I mean no ones making that play in this outfield like him last night, so that's the only downside. Hicks will play centerfield for the next week or so, which I'm very excited for since he's been off to a great start this season. With that being said, I love having depth for scenarions like these, so hopefully this isn't one of those concussions that take forever to come back from.
Ellsbury got up pretty slowly after it happened, but he didn't seem like he was in any pain whatsoever, so I don't expect him to miss more than the standard 7 days. Although, it's impossible to tell these kinda things, meaning we'll just have to wait for more information to come out. Until then, the Yankees will just fine with Hicks replacing Ellsbury for the time being.