BALTIMORE -- Jacoby Ellsbury is DHing in the first-half finale, because, in the words of Joe Girardi, he is "beat up."
“Physically he needed it," Girardi said. "He probably could have used it yesterday, but we decided to do it today instead. Those speed guys get beat up.”
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Ellsbury hasn't been much of a speed guy in recent days because he has not been running. This month, he has only attempted four steals and converted just two of them during a game against the Indians. Despite being on base eight times in the last four games, he has not gone even once.
“You play every day and you’re running around, you’re going to get hurt," said Girardi when asked if there is anything specifically wrong with Ellsbury. "It’s probably a different spot every day. Is it anything serious? No."
Notes: To start the second half against the Cincinnati Reds in the Bronx, the Yankees will start David Phelps, Brandon McCarthy and Hiroki Kuroda. Girardi said he designed the rotation so he could give the starters the maximum amount of rest. In other words, he wanted to give Kuroda a little extra time to prevent another collapse, like in 2013. Shane Greene figures to start against the Texas Rangers in the fourth game of the second half. ... Girardi thought Carlos Beltran should be ready to come off the DL after the All-Star break. Beltran is on the seven-day DL with a concussion. ... Girardi predicted Michael Pineda will return this month. If he does, it will most likely not be until near the end of August.
Your daily Yankee transaction: Bryan Mitchell was called up in case the Yankees need a long reliever tonight. Zoilo Almonte was sent down to Triple-A. He will be joined there by Matt Daley and Jim Miller.