Ellsbury hurt crashing into wall; Yanks beat Royals 3-0

Manager Joe Girardi and a member of the training staff went out to check on Ellsbury, who was understandably shaken up after the play and appeared to have smelling salts administered to him.

Helped by a great first-inning catch that forced center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the game with a concussion and sprained neck, Luis Severino won for the first time in a month and led the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Wednesday night. Despite that ominous sign, Ellsbury actually remained in game and completed the inning defensively, but was replaced by Aaron Hicks to begin the second inning.

Now 39 games into the 2017 season, the 33-year-old is slashing.281/.349/.422 with four home runs, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases for a Yankees team that's improved by leaps and bounds in a competitive American League East. That's the Yankees' largest advantage of the season.

Since Ellsbury was quickly diagnosed with a concussion he is likely to land at least on the seven-day concussion disabled list if not the 10-day DL. Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) hopes to start throwing Saturday. Ellsbury made the catch, but got up wobbly.

Ellsbury hurt crashing into wall; Yanks beat Royals 3-0

Severino allowed four hits and one walk while striking out seven, tossing a career-high 114 pitches in the gem.

The Yankees received all the offense they would need in the third inning when Gregorius, the No. 8 hitter, hit a leadoff homer to right off Royals starter Jason Hammel, his third of the season. Gary Sanchez led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third when Salvador Perez's throw skipped into center. He also scored the final run of the game on a Brett Gardner single in the seventh. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Holliday's fly to right plated Sanchez and gave Severino a 2-0 cushion.

- Alex Gordon started in left field for the Royals after being activated Wednesday from the paternity list. He doubled and scored in the seventh to make it 3-0.

  • Julie Sanders