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Yankees lose six players to the Rule-5 draft, acquire one

The Yankees’ minor league systems is deep even beyond the flashy prospects, and as a result, they had six players they chose not to protect on the 40-man roster selected by other clubs in the Rule-5 draft. Only one of the six Yankees, RHP Nick Green, was selected in the Major League phase, while five players were selected in the Triple-A phase. The Yankees chose one player of their own in the Triple-A phase in RHP Adonis De la Cruz. A friendly reminder for those who are not familiar with the Rule-5 draft, the teams who select these players must keep them on their active roster of either the Major League or Triple-A team, depending on the phase of selection, or be offered back to their former club. Here is a breakdown of Cruz and who the Yankees lost:

Jacoby Ellsbury finally activated from DL

Jacoby Ellsbury has been extra careful in dealing with his concussion since slamming into the wall on first play of a game against the Royals on May 24. Ellsbury also suffered a sprained neck, but his concussion sent him to the seven-day DL, and after a couple of setbacks where his headaches were gone one day, and back the next, it is finally official that Ellsbury will return Monday night in Chicago.
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The Yankee center fielder was hitting .281/.349/.422 with four home runs and eight stolen bases in 39 games prior to his injury. The Yankees sent him on a short two-game rehab stint in Scranton where he went 3-for-8 with two doubles. He played centerfield in the first game, and DH in the second.

Despite being injury prone throughout his career, Ellsbury told the New York Post he does not plan on changing his play style in light of his recent injury.

“I made a lot of them all the time and I play to win and play hard,” Ellsbury said. “If the ball is in the air I will try to catch it.”

The Yankees have activated Ellsbury in response to the Aaron Hicks injury. Before the Hicks oblique injury that has landed him on the DL, the Yankee outfield had not missed a beat with Aaron Judge playing at an MVP pace, with Hicks and Gardner making strong cases to play in the All-Star game.

With Hicks out until the All-Star break at the earliest, Ellsbury will likely play every day in centerfield for the foreseeable future.

Article by: Chad Raines