Jacoby Ellsbury was scheduled to take batting practice with some of his teammates while half the team went to Fort Meyers to play the Boston Red Sox. The only problem was, Ellsbury never showed up.
Ellsbury also left George M. Steinbrenner field and the Yankees as of yet haven’t given a reason. Ellsbury went through a full workout session on Wednesday and there was speculation he could have been back as early as tomorrow. Now, it seems unclear when Ellsbury will return–and where he went this afternoon.
Manager Joe Girardi will have a press conference on the matter once he and the team arrive at Fort Meyers, which is a two hour drive from Tampa. One can only hope there’s nothing wrong with Ellsbury and the tight calf isn’t anything serious.
Update: Okay, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief because nothing is seriously wrong with Jacoby Ellsbury. Girardi said Ellsbury had a precautionary MRI on his calf and the results came back negative. The Yankees believe he could play this weekend.
— Brendan Ryan is in the starting lineup tonight after a lower back issue kept him sidelined for some time. This is Ryan’s first game back since March 4th, and the Yankees are sure to be cautious as the rest of the Spring goes on.
— Scott Sizemore will return to the lineup as well. He’s been out with a mild calf injury since March 13th, but Girardi is hesitant if Sizemore has played enough games in order to break camp with the club. The Yankees could send Sizemore to Triple-A and have him play there until they believe he’s capable of having a big league role.
— Matt Daley, Chris Leroux, Yoshinori Tateyama and Fred Lewis are scheduled to get into tonight’s game, but none of them have a real chance of breaking camp since they’re not on the 40-man roster. However, Girardi did say Fred Lewis was a standout and the scouts agree Lewis has become a better pitcher and gained more confidence. He’s been very impressive this Spring and if the Yankees need help in the bullpen at some point, Lewis could be a legitimate option.