Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:55:05 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the starting lineup Thursday, April 3, because it was a scheduled day off. Ellsbury dealt with a calf injury during spring training, and the team wanted to make sure they were not overworking him.
Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:14:56 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) is scheduled to play in minor league games Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:01:58 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) played in a minor league game Wednesday, March 26, and went 1-for-4 with a single a walk and three hard-hit balls. He played the field as well and ran the bases during the contest. Ellsbury is still unsure if he'll be ready to play by opening day, though. "I feel good right now. We still have four games left. I got 11 at-bats the last two days, and I'm sure that's more than any of those guys got. I'll relay that to Joe, and we'll make up a plan tonight after their game, so I'll go in and take care of what I need to." However, general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic that Ellsbury will be ready. The Yankees could back date a DL stint if they need to, reducing the number of games he might miss in the regular season.
Fantasy Tip: The worst-case scenario would be for Ellsbury to open on the DL and miss a handful of games, at the most. It's not the way you want to see his season begin, but you shouldn't be terribly worried just yet.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:45:23 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) had six plate appearances in a minor league game Tuesday, March 25, and said he should be ready for opening day next week. "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." Ellsbury didn't play the field and didn't run hard, however. He hadn't played in a spring game since March 14 due to right calf tightness.
Fantasy Tip: Expect Ellsbury to be in the opening day lineup unless he suffers a setback this week. But right now, everything is looking just fine.
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:32:15 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) is taking batting practice Friday, March 21, but he's not scheduled to play in the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:29:06 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) remains day-to-day with calf tightness. Manager Joe Girardi said a precautionary MRI exam came back negative.
Fantasy Tip: The fact that Ellsbury was sent for an MRI means the team is at least somewhat concerned. Ellsbury has earned the injury-prone label, and it's not a good thing that the injury is to his lower half. Keep tabs on this situation. The longer it is until he returns to the field this spring, the more worried you should be about his opening day status.
Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:49:27 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) did not take batting practice Thursday, March 20, and there was speculation that he might return to spring action Friday, March 21.
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:46:15 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) had a full practice Wednesday, March 19, which included running. However, he won't play Thursday, March 20, and the team won't commit to him returning Friday, March 21.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:28:43 -0700
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) won't play Wednesday, March 19, or Thursday, March 20, and the team won't put him back in until a day or two after he feels OK.
Fantasy Tip: The Yankees are just being extremely cautious here. It's really not a situation that you should begin to worry about yet.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:49:28 -0700
New York Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) planned to run, hit and throw Tuesday, March 18, but he's unsure if he'll return to action Wednesday, March 19. "I don't want to say yet, just because I haven't talked to them," Ellsbury said. "I'm going to go hit, throw, hit off the tee -- just kind of do my normal routine. I'll go stretch out in the weight room and report back to them."