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Joe Girardi gives slumping Jacoby Ellsbury a night off

Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees reacts

Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees reacts after popping out against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

CLEVELAND -- Joe Girardi decided Jacoby Ellsbury could use a day to clear his head.

The struggling centerfielder, mired in his worst slump of the season, was not in Wednesday night's starting lineup. Brett Gardner was the leadoff hitter and played centerfield.

"He's just been struggling," Girardi said before the game. "I thought I would just give him a day and let him do some work and see if we can get him back on track."

Ellsbury went 0-for-7 with two strikeouts in Tuesday's 16-inning loss to the Indians, extending his current skid to 5-for-46. Ellsbury, with a .260/.330/.351 slash line, was hitless in his last 19 at-bats.

"He's had a rough go of it lately and we really need to get him going," said Girardi, who also said he is convinced that Ellsbury is healthy. "So I thought maybe just give him a day and let him do some work and see if [he] can iron some things out."

Jones DFA'd again

As a result of Tuesday's 16-inning game, the Yankees needed some fresh arms and brought up righthander Nick Goody and lefthander Chris Capuano from Triple-A. Righty Branden Pinder was sent down and Garrett Jones, was designated for assignment. Jones was DFA'd July 31 by the Yankees and re-signed with them Aug. 5 but had not played since then. He did not sound as if that will happen again.

"It makes it a little tougher I think," Jones said. "Two times in a row I think it's a little different feeling than last . . . I enjoyed being here."

Said Girardi: "It was really difficult. If we're not in a game like yesterday it probably doesn't happen . . . yesterday's game had a ripple effect."


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