Well what do ya know, New York Yankees oft-injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is injured…again! Didn’t see that one coming. Seriously, we are going to witness another season where Ellsbury barely plays and sits on the bench collecting a pay-check. On the bright side, the Yankees have insurance on his contract.
Ellsbury is suffering through a deadly injury called plantar fasciitis. About 83% of active adults between the ages of 25-65 suffer from this ailment. I have it too, but it’s never stopped me from playing sports…let alone baseball where your running is kept to a minimum.
This deadly disease can be cured by a simple change of shoes, or a specialized in-sole to help support your arch. That’s what fixed it for me and I’m sure Ellsbury can afford his own Gucci branded in-sole with the money he continues to steal from the Yankees.
New York Yankees head coach Aaron Boone commented on Ellsbury’s injury:
“Obviously, he had hip surgery late in the year and we expected him to be here as an active player from the start [of spring training], but just some issues he’s had with his plantar fascia kind of crept up as he went through his rehab this winter. It slowed him a little bit.”
The 35-year-old still has two-year, $42 million on his deal, plus a $5 million buyout. The Yankees really shot themselves in the foot with this absurd contract. He missed all of last season with hip and foot injuries which forced him into surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Ellsbury will not report to Tampa while he rehabs from his latest issue. With an outfield consisting of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, and Clint Frazier, there doesn’t seem to be much room for him in the unit.
Brian Cashman further stated in regards to Jacoby:
“It didn’t make sense for him to come out here at this point,’’ said Cashman, who added the plantar fasciitis popped up again “four or five weeks ago.”
Ellsbury cannot run, which clearly limits his usage in spring training. Getting him back to 100% will be the primary goal, just as it has been since 2015.