The Yankees have placed outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on the seven-day concussion disabled list and will call up Rob Refsnyder, the team announced Thursday morning.
Ellsbury was diagnosed with a concussion and strained neck after he crashed into the wall to make a catch during in the first inning Wednesday night, the team announced. He went deep to center field to rob Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar of a hit on the first pitch of the frame.
Ellsbury stayed in the game for the remainder of the inning but was replaced by Aaron Hicks in the second.
Refsnyder has hit .258 with a .330 on-base percentage in 77 career Major League games.
With Ellsbury looking to be out for at least the 7-day concussion period, the Yankees will have an interesting decision to make for the fourth outfielder as Hicks will certainly take over in center field full time.
Since the role will be mostly part time, the Yankees could bring up either Rob Refsnyder or Mason Williams as they are already on the 40-man roster. Refsnyder has been the go-to player when the Yankees have to add to the 25-man roster for an injured position player, while Williams has limited MLB experience playing across the outfield and provides some more speed.
Another option would be for the Yankees to use their open spot on the 40-man roster to bring up either Dustin Fowler or Tyler Wade. Fowler and Wade have been fantastic at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre virtually all season. However, the Yankees might not want to have either of them predominantly sitting on the bench. In the end, I see the Yankees taking the easy road with Refsnyder.