By now we've all caught our breath from the Jacoby Ellsbury injury scare. X-rays all came back negative and there's nothing broken in his wrist or hand that got plunked on Saturday, so he's not going to be out for an extended period of time. In fact, he might not even be out for that long at all based on yesterday's reports. According to Mark Feinsand, Joe told reporters that Ellsbury was still really sore yesterday and there was still some inflammation in his wrist where he got hit. The team wants to wait for the inflammation to go down before getting him back into games - which is obviously the right decision - and the tentative plan is for Ellsbury to be out for the next few days and return to game action on Thursday. The team has an off-day today before hosting the Mets tomorrow, and then they play 3 of their next 4 games on the road heading into this weekend. Thursday is the lone home game in that 4-game stretch, and with Ellsbury presumably spending the next few days getting treatment and testing the wrist at the team facility, it makes sense to bring him back at home where he can be closely monitored.
This is obviously a dodged bullet for Ellsbury and the Yankees. Regardless of how you feel about him, the team is better and deeper when he's healthy and producing at the top of the lineup. But he's not completely out of the woods yet. Team doctors need to see how the soreness and swelling go down before following through on that plan to get him back in action on Thursday, and if they or Ellsbury decide that the wrist still isn't up to it then the plan should be pushed back. While I continue to hold onto my belief that it's unfair to label Ellsbury "injury prone", I do think it's fair to point out that he's had a history of injuries lingering after he comes back from them. With this one taking place 2+ weeks before the start of the regular season, there's no need to risk that and rush him back.