Updates from Friday, March 28
New York Post reporter Joel Sherman has an update on Ellsbury's status:
Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 26
Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury played in his second Minor League game in as many days on Wednesday, playing five innings in center field and reporting no issues.
Ellsbury played in a Class A game against a Pirates' squad at the Himes Complex in Tampa, Fla., going 1-for-4 with a walk. Ellsbury has not played in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 due to a sore right calf.
"I think it went very well," Ellsbury said. "Pleased with the results, pleased with how everything felt, couldn't ask for more. I did a little bit of everything."
Updates from Tuesday, Mar. 25
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provides an update on Jacoby Ellsbury's status:
Ellsbury is NOT on the travel roster for Wednesday's game in Dunedin. Jeter, Beltran, Gardner, Soriano and Johnson are on the trip.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) March 25, 2014
ESPN's Wallace Matthews provides more details from Ellsbury:
"I feel like I could just hop right in there and play right now and be ready to go," Ellsbury said. "I'll take advantage of these next four games and do everything I can to be ready for Opening Day. I feel I will be ready. I don’t anticipate anything other than that."
Batting in every inning as the DH, Ellsbury grounded out in his first at-bat, lined out to right in his second, walked in his next two, struck out looking and finally lined a single into left field.
Updates from Sunday, Mar. 23
ESPN's Wallace Matthews reports some good news:
Girardi just said Ellsbury will play in a minor league game on Tuesday— wallace matthews (@ESPNNYYankees) March 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Mar. 20
Daniel Barbarisi of The Wall Street Journal reports that Jacoby Ellsbury's MRI came back negative
Ellsbury had mri today, results negative; team hopes he can play over the weekend— Daniel Barbarisi (@DanBarbarisi) March 20, 2014
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports the MRI was precautionary:
Jacoby Ellsbury having precautionary MRI on calf, Girardi said. Added that Ellsbury felt no pain.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 20, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 19
Bryan Hoch of MLB.com provides Jacoby Ellsbury's thoughts on his injury and recovery heading into the season:
"It's really just a timing thing, if your feel is there," Ellsbury said. "I felt pretty good the last two games at the plate, seeing the ball well. I'm not too concerned about it. I've been doing a lot of stuff."
Ellsbury said that he hit in the batting cages, threw and lifted on Tuesday; he was scheduled to hit on the field on Wednesday. He has not yet run, but said that the calf has felt better every day.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that Ellsbury would play on Friday at the earliest, so he will not be on the travel roster for Thursday's game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.
"I'd like to go, but I'm not heartbroken," Ellsbury said. "I saw a lot of those guys yesterday."
After signing Jacoby Ellsbury to a huge contract this offseason, the New York Yankees are looking to protect their investment. For this reason, they are remain cautious with Ellsbury's recent calf injury.
The former Boston Red Sox star was slated to face his former team on Tuesday. However, he was kept out of the lineup due to his apparent calf issue. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that he will be kept out multiple days:
Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) will not play tomorrow or Thursday, Girardi said. Yanks won't play him until a day or 2 after he says he's OK.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 18, 2014
According to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger, Ellsbury explained by saying, "It’s just something we want 100 percent before I step on it. It’s not one of those things where I try it on the field and see it how it is. I’ll know when I’m on that field that it’s already 100 percent."
The outfielder signed with the Yankees this offseason for a seven-year, $153 million deal. He is coming off a solid season in which he helped the Red Sox win the World Series with a .298 batting average and a league-leading 52 stolen bases.
In reality, New York is hoping he can replicate his 2011 season, when he had a .321 batting average with 32 home runs to finish second in the MVP voting behind star pitcher Justin Verlander.
However, he first must learn how to stay healthy more than half of the year after suffering injuries in both 2010 and 2012.
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