Aaron Judge Hit A Ball So Far That Statcast Couldn't Track It

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 23, 2017

Girardi said it's not easy to inform a player like Ellsbury that his playing time will be reduced because somebody else is hotter, though since returning from a concussion on June 26, Ellsbury's bat has been frigid.

But injuries have interrupted Ellsbury's sporadic spurts of effective play since leaving Boston and signing a seven-year, $153 million free agent contract; the deal is guaranteed through 2020, with about $68.5 million left following this season.

Before Friday's shot, Judge hadn't hit a home run for 10 consecutive games.

At 33, his best days as a ballplayer appear long gone. "It was my 2013 numbers".

Manager Joe Girardi said that Frazier has leapfrogged Jacoby Ellsbury for playing time in the outfield, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. So it's just been the last three weeks (of struggles). "But if not, I'm going to continue to work on what I need to".

To his credit, Ellsbury did make a contribution on Saturday night when he pinch-ran for Didi Gregorius with one out in the ninth inning and the Yankees down a run. In 17 games back (16 starts), Ellsbury is batting.177 (11-for-62) with a.271 OPS, and the Yankees were 6-11 in those 17 games. That likely won't be enough to guarantee Frazier a spot when Aaron Hicks comes back from the DL in the next two or three weeks.

That's assuming Yankees management doesn't do what a lot of the Yankees' fan base would love to see and release Ellsbury, which would require owner Hal Steinbrenner to eat $63.4 million because this is an untradeable player.

"I just have to worry about focusing on today, and that's helping the team win today", Ellsbury said.

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