Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined with what Joe Girardi termed a "sore'' right hip. He sustained the injury in an unsuccessful dive on a fly ball hit by Colby Rasmus in the Yankees 15-1 loss Tuesday night.
"He wasn't running great at the end of the night," Girardi said before Wednesday's game. "He's sore, so [we'll] see where he's at. I'm not sure if I have him available,'' Friday night when the Yankees begin a three-game series in Atlanta.
"There was some swelling in it [Tuesday] night," Girardi said. "We haven't done any tests. I hope we do , but I can't tell you for sure."
Girardi was also asked whether he considered removing Ellsbury from Tuesday's game after the injury. "Well, at that point I didn't really have any players left to put in," he said.
Injuries have limited Ellsbury to 78 games this season. He has six home runs and 27 RBIs, along with 17 stolen bases. He is hitting .278.
Teixeira sits again
Mark Teixeira started Tuesday night but was out of the starting lineup in the finale of the three-game series with the Astros. He pinch hit in the ninth and grounded out.
"Obviously, it still bothers me to run,'' he said after the game. He said Thursday's day off is "really going to help and hopefully it feels a lot better on Friday. We've been throwing everything we have at it.''
Girardi said, "We're hoping that we'll have him Friday. I just really kind of got to wait and see.''
Nova says he is OK
Ivan Nova did not blame what some call the Tommy John hangover for his poor showing Tuesday night. He gave up seven runs. "I just pitched bad,'' he said. "No excuses. I feel good.''