Ellsbury has been one of the Yankees' most durable players this season, and he played in all but one of the team's first 40 games. Rookie Zoilo Almonte made his first start of the season in place of Ellsbury, and manager Joe Girardi said Ichiro Suzuki may be close to returning to the lineup.
Ichiro, listed as day to day with a back injury, could be ready to play as soon as Sunday. Girardi said Saturday that he'd like to give the veteran one more day to make sure he's feeling better.
"On Thursday, I did not have him as a defender or as a pinch-runner. It still bothered him to run," Girardi said. "Yesterday, he came in and said he felt really good. I wanted him to go through today to see where we're at, and if he feels good, I would use him today and play him tomorrow."
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.