Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury out with hamstring injury, could miss rest of season

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New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury (22) is examined by a trainer at first base after he reached first base in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Ellsbury left the game. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury watches a grounder off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle as Dioner Navarro catches for the Blue Jays in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. Ellsbury was safe at first on Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes's throwing error, and two runs scored. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)


NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the New York Yankees lineup a day after straining his right hamstring, and the team's most consistent player this year may be done for the season.

"I am still going to do everything I can to be back as soon as possible," Ellsbury said Saturday. "I will talk to the team and we will be on the same page with this. But I will still try to do everything I can to please these last nine games."

Manager Joe Girardi was not so hopeful, expressing frustration in losing another of his starters to injury, especially with the Yankees clinging to faint playoffs hopes with nine games to play. They are 4 1-2 games out of the second wild card.

"He's not a player for us," Girardi said. "Obviously we will give him a few days off and see where he's at. It's not what you want but we have to deal with it."

Ellsbury had homered and doubled Friday night before he was hurt beating out a double-play relay in the fourth inning against Toronto. Recent acquisition, Martin Prado is also out with a hamstring injury and left fielder Brett Gardner missed several games this month with an abdominal injury.

Signed to a seven-year, $153 million free-agent contract in the offseason, Ellsbury is hitting .271 with 16 homers and a team-leading 70 RBIs.

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