He was hitting.281/.349/.422 with four home runs, and 14 runs batted in. Ellsbury has been easing back into regular activities after suffering a brutal head injury when he collided with a wall in a late-May game against the Royals.
It was a slow road back from his concussion, but Ellsbury's minor-league rehab assignment was abruptly halted after two games due to Aaron Hicks' right oblique strain. "He just felt, and we felt, he was ready to go so we brought him up".
"I think you have to just focus on what you can control", he said.
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Girardi said that he did not expect any major health worries attached to Ellsbury's return, though Girardi did say that Ellsbury might not play all four games against the White Sox this week. He was the DH on Sunday and went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run.
"We sent him to the doctors, " Girardi said. It doesn't make sense for the club to call either up for a few games when Williams has been playing well, and Ellsbury will be back sooner than anticipated.
They could recall Rob Refsnyder, who is on the 40-man roster and can play both the infield and the outfield.
Starlin Castro left Monday's game in the third inning after pulling up with an apparent right leg injury, attempting to beat out an infield hit.