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MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury’s calf comes back negative

Mar 20, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury AP AP

Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since last Friday due to tightness in his right calf, but the Yankees are hoping that his return isn’t far off.

Chad Jennings of the Journal News reports that a precautionary MRI on Ellsbury’s calf came back negative. Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects him to take batting practice tomorrow and remains “very confident” that he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

The Yankees signed Ellsbury to a monster seven-year, $153 million contract over the winter. They are banking on the idea that the perception of him as an injury-prone player is a myth.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    The Yankees should just install a full body xray machine by his locker and check him after every game.

  2. kcroyal - Mar 20, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    I didn’t notice until now how big of a douche Ellsbury looks in a Yankees uniform. I should have know, since all ball players look like douchbags in a Yankees uniform.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Luckily you probably won’t see him in a Yankee uniform all that often.

  3. baseballisboring - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Tightness in his calf? I don’t even know what that feels like

    • deathmonkey41 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      It’s not pretty.

  4. Eutaw's Finest - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Wait Elsbury is injury prone? Does anybody else know this insider secret? It’s not like the Yanks would sign a oft injured vet. Perfect example- Youkilis last year.

    • pastabelly - Mar 21, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      This is nothing like the Yankees Youkilis signing. Ellsbury does get hurt, but he also puts up numbers and will be one of the best leadoff hitters in the game the next four to five years. The only reason that he’s not still with the Red Sox is that the Yankees were willing to pay him in the $22 million range over a longer period of time.The Red Sox would have loved to have him return for five years at $17.5M per year and he probably would have been worth every dime of that. Very good player.

      • Eutaw's Finest - Mar 21, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        I know the deal the Yanks gave Jacoby (which I still feel they WAY overpaid) is not the same as a short term fix at 1B last year in Youk. I was just comparing 2 former BoSox signing in NY and both have a history of injury. The Yanks also signed another former prolific leadoff hitter with a history of injuries this year in Brian Roberts. While he is much older than Ellsbury is, I’d say both carry the same risk of injury as they’ve both shown they cannot stay healthy. I agree WHEN HEALTHY Ellsbury can be very good (best leadoff hitter? It’s a stretch) but that’s a big IF when talking about his health considering he’s had shortened seasons in 2 of his last 4. You also have to take into consideration he’s already 30. His value will not go up at this point, nor will his health. I can see 2 or 3 good years from him before he starts to fall off, which is why I said the Yanks overpaid for him.

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Sounds like a wise investment.

  6. connormyboy - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Here comes the first of many injuries with this guy lucky if they get 135 games out of him.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 20, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      134 earned him this contract.

      Because it was a big rebound from the 74 games he played the year before.

      It was actually pretty impressive because he only broke one thing.

  7. riverace19 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Sox win in 2007, Yankees sign Johnny Damon. Sox win in 2013, Yankees sign Ellsbury. When Ellsbury is finished with his career he will fall way short of Damon. When Elllsbury finishes this season, he will fall way short of expectations.

    • plummer2512 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Damon signed with the Yanks in 2006, 2 years after the 2004 championship and a year before the 2007 championship.

  8. cackalackyank - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Looking forward to Ellsbury’s many trips to the DL. I still do not understand the NYY signing him.

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