ARLINGTON, Texas - It was, all insisted, a scheduled day off for Jacoby Ellsbury Monday, though his left shoulder still bears watching.
Ellsbury slammed the shoulder into the centerfield wall Sunday while chasing down a drive by the Twins' Trevor Plouffe. He stayed in the game and was seen with an ice pack on the shoulder afterward. "It was coming regardless," he said of being rested. "Regardless of whether I hit the wall or not, there would have been a day off."
Joe Girardi said he preferred to stay away from Ellsbury on Monday. "If I have to use him, I'll use him," he said. "He ran into the wall pretty hard, and I was going to give him or Carlos [Beltran] one of the next two days off, so we decided to do Jake today. You'd like to be able to win the game without using him, but if we need him, we'll use him."
Ellsbury said, "I plan to be out there" Tuesday night. "You feel it a little bit," he said of the shoulder. "But you're never out there perfect. I don't want to make it a bigger deal than it is."
Tonight's pitcher TBA
Girardi said he still doesn't have a starter for Tuesday night's game. The likely options (if not used Monday night) are some combination of Adam Warren and Chris Capuano, each of whom Girardi said could give him about 50 pitches.
Bringing the heatThe first-pitch temperature Monday night was 98 degrees, and it likely won't change much the rest of the week. Girardi said his players don't mind: "I know a lot of them prefer it to the cold."