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Jacoby Ellsbury will start Yankees’ spring training finale

Mar 28, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to write Jacoby Ellsbury‘s name in the starting lineup when the Yankees wrap up spring training against the Marlins at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Ellsbury has been dealing with a tight right calf since the middle of March, but if everything goes well on Saturday, he should be ready for Opening Day.

The Yankees signed the 30-year-old Ellsbury to a seven-year, $153 million contract in December. He has had injury problems in the past, playing in more than 75 games in just two of his previous four seasons. When he is healthy, however, he can be quite productive. The outfielder has led the league in stolen bases three times and joined the 30-homer club in 2011, when he was a runner-up in the AL MVP race to Justin Verlander.

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  1. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Better use a pencil…with an eraser.

  2. j0esixpack - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Ellsbury has injury issues? Who could have seen that coming?

    As long as the Yankees weren’t counting on him to steal a lot of bases this will all turn out fine.

  3. ltpm3 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    This is an even year, he seems to have the most problems during the even years. Notice that 2009, 2011 and 2013 were his biggest years and the next year he was injured most of the year.

    • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Mostly this is BS. Jacoby Ellsbury has been injured twice in his 7 year career. 4 times he surpassed 600 PA, and once led the league with 732. That is not the resume of a guy who is fragile. Injuries occur, sometimes more severe than others, and in 5 of 7 years he has been the opposite of injured, logging huge innings played numbers.

      My guess is he will most likely surpass 600 PAs again in 2014. The odds are that he will.

      • bronxbomber213 - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

        Dude thank you I’ve been trying to tell people he’s not made of glass but that doesn’t fit the “everyone that was good that the Yankees sign now has massive flaws” narrative

      • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        I have and will be continue to point out the flaws in the Yankee roster, but this isn’t an instance of one. And one of my pet peeves is the ease in which commenters denigrate the “toughness” of individual players if they are unfortunate to suffer an injury.

  4. conigliarofan - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Should Cashman (pun intended) be fired when Sizemore’s stats are better than Ellsburys?

    • bronxbomber213 - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

      yea cuz Sizemore def doesn’t have any problems with being hurt over the course of his career………………………..

      • conigliarofan - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        $500K for one year versus $30M for several non-productive years.

      • bronxbomber213 - Mar 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        The money is a moot point ur acting like Sizemores been playing 150 games the last 10 years ….you really think he’s gonna show up and just dominate for a full season? it’s funny tho because if Ells still wore the Boston B you would be touting him as one of the best OF in the game…funny how the logo on the Jersey changes people’s opinions about players

      • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Hey Conigliaro Dude, can it be that you do not see the irony in your chosen moniker and your comment.

  5. gameover78 - Mar 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Always glad to see traitors suffer as they should

    • 18thstreet - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      Traitor? The was paid to play baseball by the Boston Red Sox. Then they didn’t want him, not at the price he was asking for.

      This is America. He is allowed to play for whomever he wants to.

      • bronxbomber213 - Mar 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Thank you!!!! they didn’t want him!!!!

      • 18thstreet - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

        The offer was so paltry — 5 years, $80 million. (I mean, relatively speaking. Here on earth, that’s a lot of money.) There was no way that was going to be enough to get him.

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