Jacoby Ellsbury continues to produce acceptable, albeit unspectacular numbers as the Yankees' most expensive position player on the payroll. With three years remaining on the deal at more than $21 million annually, the Yankees may ultimately be forced to continue with him as a part of their mix in the outfield. Nevertheless, Ellsbury showed a more patient eye at the plate in 2017, walking at a 10 percent clip, and maintaining his typically low strikeout rate (15.4 percent). He doesn't have a ton of pop, but he continues to show useful and effective speed on the basepaths, going 22-for-25 in base-stealing attempts last season. In addition to more competition for playing time, Ellsbury continued to battle injuries last season, losing time to an elbow injury and a concussion. Even if the Yankees were to find a taker for his contract, projecting him for more than 125 games in any given year is risky as he's now 34 years old.
Ellsbury (oblique) will participate in batting practice Wednesday and play in a Grapefruit League contest against the Twins on Thursday, Erik Boland of Newsday reports. Ellsbury took part in a full workout Tuesday and will continue to ramp up activity before camp breaks next week. The outfielder is on track to begin the year on the disabled list, but should be able to join the team in mid-April. Thursday will mark the first time he's played in a spring game since the beginning of March.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed that Ellsbury (oblique) would put in a full workout Tuesday, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports. The Yankees had been planning to run Ellsbury through some drills Sunday or Monday, but those plans were tabled after the outfielder dealt with a fever. Though Ellsbury is no longer ill, his lack of activity since sustaining a oblique strain earlier this month will result in him opening the season on the disabled list. Ellsbury is hopeful to play before the Grapefruit League schedule ends and is expected to stick around at extended spring training to continue his rehab. He could be ready to join the Yankees at some point in April.
Ellsbury (oblique) is unlikely to be ready by Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. Ellsbury has been out since the start of March with a strained oblique. He's returning to hitting within a few days, but is not likely to have enough time to get up to speed by the start of the season. It's unclear if he'll land on the DL, but the Yankees have plenty of depth if they opt to go that route.
Ellsbury (oblique) will likely receive at-bats during a simulated game in the coming days, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. In addition to battling an oblique injury, Ellsbury was reportedly battling a sore throat and fever Sunday. Fortunately, it appears he'll be able to participate in baseball activities soon, at which point it should become clear when he'll be available to return to action.
Ellsbury (oblique) could return to Grapefruit League play Tuesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. An oblique strain has kept Ellsbury on the shelf for all of March, but he was able to take batting practice with no issues Saturday and is nearing a return to game action. It's still unclear if he'll have enough time to get up to speed before Opening Day, but his status should clear up as he continues to ramp up his activity in the coming weeks.
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