CHICAGO -- The original plan called for Jacoby Ellsbury to collect a few more at-bats in the Minors, but with Aaron Hicks heading for the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the Yankees outfielder accelerated his return and boarded a flight to Chicago.Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with two runs
CHICAGO -- The original plan called for Jacoby Ellsbury to collect a few more at-bats in the Minors, but with Aaron Hicks heading for the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the Yankees outfielder accelerated his return and boarded a flight to Chicago.
Ellsbury went 1-for-5 with two runs scored in the Yankees' 6-5 victory over the White Sox on Monday night, marking his first big league action since sustaining a concussion in a May 24 game against the Royals at Yankee Stadium.
"I was happy with how everything went," Ellsbury said. "It's a good feeling, especially getting the win. Contributing to the win is always nice. When I was out, I did as much as I could while I wasn't playing to be in this position, if it was a short rehab stint that I could come in and help out."
The Yankees also recalled utilityman Rob Refsnyder and right-hander Ronald Herrera from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Left-hander Tyler Webb and outfielder Mason Williams were optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in corresponding moves.
Ellsbury's return was delayed by lingering headaches, but he said that it has been a while since he experienced any such issues. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he was happy to write Ellsbury's name in the lineup.
"It's good," Girardi said before the game. "He's a very good player and we had a really good thing going when we had all four outfielders going and we were able to move them around. Now when comes up and one goes down, we've got to figure that out, but it's really good to have him back."
Ellsbury was hitting .281/.349/.422 in 39 games entering Monday. He played just two rehab games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 3-for-8 with two doubles.
"I didn't even really worry about results, but it was nice to get a few hits," Ellsbury said before Monday's game.
The 27-year-old Hicks was injured in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Rangers in New York. He had been enjoying a terrific season, posting a .290/.398/.515 slash line with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs.
More tests for Holliday
The Yankees are trying to determine what has been ailing designated hitter Matthew Holliday, who was unavailable again Monday with fatigue symptoms.
Holliday's ailment was initially thought to be an allergic reaction stemming from a meal June 17 in Oakland, and Girardi said that Holliday was sent to see a doctor in Chicago for further testing.
"He's just tired, doesn't feel good," Girardi said. "I think the other day he might have had a fever for a short period of time. He's just kind of achy and tired."
Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.