Hot as Ell: Jacoby playing 'unbelievable'


TORONTO -- The Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury is anything but invisible. He is one of the best baseball players on the planet right now, hitting the ball the way you would sort of expect for a $153 million man.

Ellsbury added three more hits in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays. He has hits in 18 of his past 35 at-bats.

"It is hard to imagine being hotter than he is," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's been unbelievable."

Among his three hits, Ellsbury had an RBI single and also scored two runs. He is making the offense go right now.

Sore Chase: When you hear Chase Headley and sore back, alarms go off in your head. But the Yankees and Headley say that his current soreness is no big deal.

In the ninth, after Gregorio Petit was hit by a pitch, Girardi decided to lose his DH, putting Alex Rodriguez at third, instead of using Headley. The Yankees were up 6-0 at the time.

"Chase dove yesterday and he was a little sore from diving," Girardi said. "So I was trying to give him the day off. In an emergency, I would have put him out there. I thought for one inning, 6-0, I'd stick Alex out there and it would be good for Chase."

David Carpenter couldn't retire three batters, so it got slightly dicey as Andrew Miller picked up the last out with the tying run at the plate.

As for Headley, Girardi says he will be back in there on Wednesday, while Headley is unconcerned, saying it is unrelated to his past herniated disk.

"It has nothing to do with that," Headley said.

DL or sent down: Petit had a fluroscope test on his right hand after being hit by a pitch in the eighth. It was negative, according to Girardi.

The team may send him for X-rays on Wednesday. Petit is expected to be sent down to make room for Jose Pirela.

If Petit were to go on the DL, it wouldn't be the worst thing for him personally because he would receive major league wages and service time.