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Jacoby Ellsbury plays five innings of center field in minors game on way back from tight calf

Mar 26, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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All signs point to $153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury being in the Yankees’ lineup on Opening Day.

According to’s Bryan Hoch, Ellsbury played five innings of center field and made five plate appearances in a game Wednesday on the minor league side of Yankees camp. “I think it went very well,” Ellsbury told reporters after the game. “Pleased with the results, pleased with how everything felt, couldn’t ask for more. I did a little bit of everything.”

Ellsbury was shut down on March 20 after feeling some tightness in his right calf, but an MRI turned up negative results and he expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    It’s a good sign that Ellsbury has played in 2 minor league games and made it through both unscathed. He’s scheduled to play in the Yankees ST game against the Marlins prior to the start of the regular season. He should be ready to play on opening day against the Astros.

  2. face21000x - Mar 27, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Get used to this uncertainty New York.

  3. thebadguyswon - Mar 27, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Oh man…this guy is made of glass. And now he’s been paid.

  4. nymets4ever - Mar 27, 2014 at 8:05 AM

    If the Mets signed him, they would’ve gotten absolutely lambasted over this calf injury. But he’s a Yankee, so it’s a minor, barely-reported blip in the radar

    • Youknowimright - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM


  5. pastabelly - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    At the end of the day, Ellsbury is still a very good player and someone who makes a difference if you get to the post season. As a Sox fan, I believe he handled going to NY better than any before him. Class act.

  6. Youknowimright - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Why do you have to play minor league games to rehab during spring training? Just play major league games. The games don’t count anyway.

    • TheMorningStar - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Think it has something to do with DL retroactivity if Ellesburys’ injury warranted a stint in the list.

      • Youknowimright - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM


  7. sidelineshot - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Grady Sizemore 1 yr. $750K + incentives
    Jacoby Ellsbury 7 yrs. $153 Million … guaranteed.

    Both high caliber center fielders.
    I’d take the risk with Sizemore. Thank you.

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