washington – Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, a day after injuring his right knee during an at-bat in a 10-inning loss to the Nationals.
“It’s not something that requires surgery,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, adding, “This is not doom and gloom.”
Girardi said he could not provide a timetable for Ellsbury’s recovery.
Ellsbury is the Yankees’ leadoff hitter and ranks first on the team in batting average (.324), on-base percentage (.412), runs (29) and stolen bases (14).
For Wednesday’s game against the Nationals, left fielder Brett Gardner moved up one spot from second in the batting order. Chris Young shifted from right field to center, and Carlos Beltran started in right field.