CHICAGO -- Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum Monday. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and went as expected, the Yankees said Tuesday.
The typical recovery time frame to resume full competition following this procedure is approximately six months, which would put him in line to be ready for Spring Training, manager Aaron Boone said.
"[We were] trying to exhaust every other way to try to get him back and get him right, but finally they decided that surgery was the best way to go," Boone said. "Ultimately it all points back to the hip as creating the hamstring issue, the SI [sacroiliac joint], all those things. So hopefully this is something that gets him right, and he can start back on the mend."
Ellsbury and the Yankees wanted to exhaust all options before deciding on surgery, Boone added. The root of the leg problems that have plagued Ellsbury all season stems from an oblique injury suffered during a batting practice in Spring Training.
"He was taking batting practice, he was in the lineup that day and he left batting practice early," Boone said. "Now that we're post-surgery, I think they feel like it all traces back to that."
The 34-year-old is under contract for the next two years at a little more than $21 million a season, making Ellsbury the third-highest-paid player on the Yankees behind Giancarlo Stanton and Masahiro Tanaka. New York has a $5 million buyout option for 2021. Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yanks as a free agent in December 2013.
Ellsbury last played in a Major League game Oct. 17, the fourth game of the American League Championship Series against the Astros. He hit .264/.348/.402 with seven homers, 39 RBIs, 22 stolen bases and 65 runs in 112 games last year. Ellsbury is a career .284 hitter with 1,376 hits, 104 home runs and 512 RBIs over 11 big league seasons. He's hit .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 stolen bases in 520 games for the Yankees.