Yankees OF Jacob Ellsbury is out for the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced Tuesday.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, has an expected recovery time of six months.
Ellsbury hasn't suited up for the Yankees all season as he has been dealing with numerous injuries. He first hit the DL at the start of the season with a right oblique strain that would eventually turn into his hip issue, plantar fasciitis, and a problem with the sacroilias joint in his back.
The 34-year-old has been working hard to get back on the field this season, saying he has tried to stay hopeful through the rehab process despite not seeing too much progress.
"You try to say that you're hopeful," Ellsbury said last month. "You come in, get your work in and do everything you can to play this season. I want to play. It's tough watching the guys play on TV, I'm watching every night. You want to be a part of the mix. It's a fun group. Team's playing well and you want to be a part of that."
Ellsbury not playing at all this season is wasting a lot of money for the Yankees. He is currently in the fifth season of his seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yankees. The club has looked at options in the past to get rid of Ellsbury's contract, given their depth in the outfield and his inability to stay healthy, but nothing has come out of it.
Since the beginning of this season it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Ellsbury would not step foot on the field in a big league game for the Yankees in 2018.
The thought that Ellsbury had seen his last days as a Yankee were also reasonable as many of us expected that New York would eventually buy out the last couple of seasons on his deal. Now, one has to wonder whether or not Ellsbury makes it back to the big leagues at all.
Ellsbury's deal -- a complete overreaction to Robinson Cano's departure from the club -- was destined to fail at some point. But the quickness of Ellsbury's deteriorating skills and health was a surprise. Ellsbury's contract could go down as one of the worst in club history and is surely one that has and will hinder the Yankees' payroll going forward.