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Notes: What the 'Ell is going on?

CHICAGO -- No. 3 hitter Jacoby Ellsbury has two hits in last 29 at-bats. He hasn't picked up an RBI in nearly three weeks. May 3 was the last time.

So what is going on?

Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

#22 CF
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM43
  • HR1

  • RBI14

  • R22

  • OBP.347

  • AVG.269

"It seems at times he is really in between," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Sometimes, he is late. It is a timing issue for me. It is something that everyone goes through."

Brian McCann, hitting just .221, also continues to struggle. Unlike Ellsbury -- who began his debut season strong -- McCann has had no real hot streaks.

"The one thing I've noticed about Jake, he has been the same every day," Girardi said, referring to Ellsbury. "Brian McCann has been the same guy every day. I don't see them putting extra pressure on themselves."

Still, Girardi has no plans right now do anything like shake up the lineup.

Brian McCann

Brian McCann

#34 C
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM40
  • HR6

  • RBI18

  • R17

  • OBP.261

  • AVG.221

"It is not like we haven't been scoring at all," Girardi said. "We have a guy here or there who is struggling. They are still going to hit. They are still going to be important parts of our offense. You don't make too much of 25 at-bats. [If] it starts to go on for 100 at-bats, 200 at-bats, then you start to make a lot out of it."

Setup setback: Shawn Kelley woke up with stiffness in his already-problematic back Tuesday. Kelley had played catch the day before. Now it is unclear when he will be able to return from the DL. The Yankees had hoped he would go on a minors rehab appearance beginning Saturday. That is now out the window.

"The catch is on hold," Girardi said. "The side will be on hold for a little bit. The rehab game we had planned is obviously on hold."

Kelley had another MRI, but it was clean. The Yankees are calling the injury a strained lumbar spine.

Give me six: Girardi is looking for just six good innings from Chase Whitley, who is making just the second start of his MLB career, on Wednesday. Girardi said Whitley has not been over 100 pitches, so the Yankees will watch him closely when he reaches 80.

McCann playing: Girardi said the Yankees played McCann on Wednesday even though it was a day game after a night game. With lefty John Danks starting Friday for the White Sox, look for John Ryan Murphy to play that day.