The Yankees need a new left fielder immediately.

Rookie Zoilo Almonte left last night’s 4-2 loss to the Red Sox in the fifth inning after spraining his left ankle. X-rays were negative, but after the game Almonte’s foot was in a boot, he was using crutches and manager Joe Girardi said he would be going on the disabled list, with a replacement move to come today.

Outfielders Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal, The Scranton Times-Tribune tweeted, were both being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, meaning the Yankees would need to make a second move, in addition to placing Almonte on the DL. They could designate for assignment either Alberto Gonzalez or Brent Lillibridge (who was recalled yesterday to replace Derek Jeter when the shortstop went on the DL). The Yankees would still be covered on the left side of the infield with Eduardo Nunez, Luis Cruz and either Gonzalez or Lillibridge.

General manager Brian Cashman ruled out Alex Rodriguez as a candidate to replace Almonte. Both Neal and Mesa are on the 40-man roster.

While losing Almonte is hardly akin to losing Curtis Granderson or Brett Gardner, he has been the starting left fielder for the last month and batted fifth last night against lefty starter Felix Doubront.