ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Yankees hope the "general fatigue" that kept Jacoby Ellsbury from making a second straight rehab start Tuesday night is nothing more than that.

The centerfielder, on the DL since May 20 with a sprained right knee, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the DH in his first rehab appearance Monday night with Class-A Tampa. He was supposed to play in the field Tuesday night but was scratched.

"He's just got some general fatigue," Joe Girardi said. "I guess the running we've done the last couple days has kind of wore him out."

What's important, Girardi said, is that this doesn't appear to have anything to do with Ellsbury's knee.

"It's not just in the one leg, it's in both legs," Girardi said. "So we'll give him a day off today and hopefully he's back in there tomorrow."

Ellsbury ran full-out before games Saturday and Sunday in Houston, final hurdles the club believed he had to clear before sending him for rehab games.

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"We've worked him pretty hard because he had to pass a number of tests to get through to where we felt like he was ready to go play," Girardi said. "So I guess it kind of caught up to him."

Girardi said "my hope" is that Ellsbury nonetheless could be ready to join the team by this weekend when it returns home.

Slowing down Trout

Angels CF Mike Trout almost single-handedly beat the Yankees Monday night, hitting a home run and saving at least three runs with three catches in the gap, twice robbing Chris Young and once victimizing Chase Headley.

"You better make your pitches [when he's batting]," Girardi said Tuesday, "and if you're going to hit it, make sure you hit it over the fence when you hit it over his head."