Jacoby Ellsbury undergoes hip surgery, will miss remainder of 2018
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, "went as expected" according to the release, and the team stated that the "typical recovery time frame to resume full competition following this procedure is approximately six months."
Looking ahead, the Yankees' approximate six-month timeline would have Ellsbury ready for Spring Training next year. He will, at that point, have two years and roughly $42.3 million remaining on the seven-year, $153 million deal he signed prior to the 2014 season, plus a $21 million team option for 2021 that carries a $5 million buyout.
This, however, is the third of Ellsbury's five seasons in pinstripes that have been compromised in large fashion due to injury; the now 34-year-old outfielder missed seven weeks in 2015 with a sprained knee ligament, was sidelined for a month last season because of a concussion, and now has not played (and will not play) an official game this season because of a laundry list of maladies.
This year's saga began less than a week into the Yankees' Grapefruit League schedule, when Ellsbury felt some tightness in his oblique during batting practice that was eventually termed to be a mild strain.
From @M_Marakovits downstairs just now: Ellsbury not overly concerned about oblique. It tightened up after BP and he felt he could still play, but Boone told him not to push it. No tests scheduled, not though to be serious.- Lou DiPietro (@LouDiPietroYES) March 2, 2018
That oblique injury, as well as some sort of viral illness Ellsbury came down with during his recovery, kept him sidelined for more than three weeks, and he began the 2018 season on the disabled list after accumulating only 16 plate appearances during Grapefruit League play.
On April 3, however, less than a week after the Yankees' regular season began, manager Aaron Boone told the media that Ellsbury came down with a "little bit of a hip thing" earlier that week, an issue that the team eventually disclosed much later required a cortisone shot.
"Ells is dealing with a little bit of a hip thing, so he's been shut down for a couple of days," Boone said that day. "He just felt a little something in his hip; it's different from what he was dealing with, but he's been shut down for a couple days. Hopefully, it's something small and not a huge setback, and hopefully we're going to knock that out quickly and get back to it."
Unfortunately, roughly two weeks later, Boone revealed that Ellsbury had come down with plantar fasciitis in his right heel, and as of May 8, the outfielder was moved to the 60-day disabled list, but was getting back to baseball activities after another illness had pushed back his timeline even further.
Ellsbury was "under the weather" yesterday but is "doing baseball activities and hopefully on his way again to getting to the point where maybe we can start thinking about getting him into some games."- Lou DiPietro (@LouDiPietroYES) May 8, 2018
Ten days later, though, Boone stated that Ellsbury "had a back issue crop up" that shut him down again, and the outfielder was eventually moved to the 60-day disabled list. It wasn't until mid-June that a visit to a back specialist led to a potential diagnosis of an issue with Ellsbury's sacroiliac joint, and when the Yankees traveled to Tampa in late June to play the Rays, Ellsbury visited the clubhouse and told the media that he had been doing exercises and getting treatment, and was hopeful to return this season.
As of July 27, though, Ellsbury's return was still in doubt - Boone telling the media that day "that timeline doesn't exist yet, because he's not even really back into baseball activities" - and that was the last update on his situation until the team release issued on Tuesday.