X-rays and a CT scan on New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's right wrist came back negative after he left Saturday's game in the fifth inning once he was hit by a pitch, according to the New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.
Ellsbury was hit in the right wrist by a Julio Teheran pitch in the fifth inning on Saturday and left for a pinch runner, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
"He was in pain," manager Joe Girardi told reporters afterward.
Should Ellsbury miss significant time, Girardi said the Yankees would likely have Brett Gardner play left field and Aaron Hicks play center field.
Ellsbury, 32, hit .257 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs in 111 games with New York last year.
The main reason the Yankees acquired Hicks was because of his versatility to play any of the outfield positions in case of injury to one of the starters. Girardi stating that Hicks would play center is not surprising, as he is considered an above-average fielder at any of the three positions.
Gardner has lost a step even in left field over the last year or two, so sliding him over to center would make even less sense. Advanced metrics show that Gardner played below average defense when taking over for Ellsbury in center field when he was hurt last season. Meanwhile, Hicks provided above average work in over 700 innings in center for the Twins last season.
Finally, keeping Gardner in his position provides some stability for his own sake. While the Yankees hope Ellsbury's injury is not significant, Hicks will be more than up to covering in center for whatever timeframe is required.