Ellsbury is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays, Newsday's Erik Boland reports.

Aaron Hicks is off to a slow start against lefties (1-for-14), but manager Joe Girardi will stick to his guns and start Hicks again Friday with another lefty due up for the opposition (Matt Moore). Ellsbury will sit this time after Brett Gardner rode the pine Thursday. The 32-year-old Ellsbury is coming off a three-hit game, which raised his early-season average to .255, and he has four steals already in six attempts.

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