Ellsbury (foot/hip) is moving toward full workouts, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. He has dealt with several injuries this year, including plantar fasciitis and most recently a hip issue that slowed him in his rehab. Ellsbury is without a timetable to return and has not yet progressed to baseball activities.
General manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that Ellsbury (foot) continues to rehab at the Yankees' spring-training faciltiy in Tampa but has yet to resume on-field work, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "He's still in the physical-therapy mode," Cashman said. The Yankees have provided few updates on Ellsbury's condition in the past few months and aren't realistically expecting him to contribute in 2019. Ellsbury, 35, hasn't appeared in even a minor-league rehab game since 2017 and has been written off as a sunk cost in the sixth season of his seven-year, $153 million deal. Stashing Ellsbury on the 60-day injured list will at least allow the Yankees to earn about 75 percent of his contract back via insurance as long as he remains idle.
Ellsbury (foot) had his rehab program shut down in late April after he developed a shoulder injury, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports. Ellsbury is believed to be fully recovered from the left hip surgery he required last August, but he reported late to spring training after experiencing plantar fasciitis in his foot. He was able to do some light running shortly after arriving, but Ellsbury never received clearance for baseball activities after the shoulder issue interfered with his rehab. Now nearly 20 months removed from his last major-league action and with his rehab program on pause, Ellsbury appears unlikely to return from the 60-day injured list until after the All-Star break, if at all.
Ellsbury (foot) has had "some things" pop up in his rehab in Tampa that haven't allowed him to progress to baseball activities, according to manager Aaron Boone, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. It doesn't sound like Ellsbury, who is already on the 60-day injured list, is anywhere close to returning. The Yankees have been hit hard by the injury bug in the early going, and will be giving opportunities to less proven players in the short term.
The Yankees transferred Ellsbury (foot) to the 60-day injured list Tuesday. Ellsbury was a late arrival to spring training and has remained at the Yankees' facility in Tampa for the past month while he continues to work back from an extended absence due to plantar fasciitis. The most recent reports have suggested that Ellsbury's return to game action isn't imminent, so the Yankees' decision to move him to the 60-day IL -- which effectively rules him out until late May -- isn't unexpected. The transaction will clear a spot on the 40-man roster for first baseman Mike Ford, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a corresponding move.