Ellsbury sits out Subway Series finale with tight right hip

Yankees hope center fielder can return to lineup vs. Rays

Ellsbury sits out Subway Series finale with tight right hip

NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury spent Sunday afternoon receiving treatment on his tight right hip and will watch the final game of the Subway Series from the bench, but manager Joe Girardi hopes to have the center fielder's services Monday against the Rays.

"He was better. He was going to try today, he went through treatment and he was getting loose and I just said, 'You know what? I was going to give you a day off one of these next few days anyway, the next four,'" Girardi said. "I think it's kind of silly if he would have to leave in the middle of the game so shut him down."

Ellsbury went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Mets and made a highlight-reel catch in the fourth inning, charging to the gap in left-center field for a sliding grab near the warning track that robbed Eric Campbell of an extra-base hit.

"His hip got a little tight yesterday," Girardi said. "I don't know if it's from one of his sliding catches that he irritated it on, but I just decided, let's give him today and I'll give him about 48 hours to see if he could play tomorrow."

Ellsbury, 31, is batting .282 (20-for-71) with one homer and two RBIs in 17 games.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.