Ever since he switched from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees, Jacoby Ellsbury was left to wonder how he Red Sox fans would react when they saw him in the streets. It turns out, the Red Sox fans he came into contact with wished him the best of luck and have been friendly for the most part. Some of his former teammates (although not many) will come to Tampa to face the Yankees this afternoon, but all Ellsbury can do is sit and watch familiar faces on the opposing side as he rests a sore calf.
“We’ll see how many made the trip,” Ellsbury said this morning before the lineups were posted. “I still talk to those guys. We’ll see who made the trip and I’ll probably say hello to them. But I have a feeling there’s not going to be too many of them. … It will be a little different looking across. I’ll see a lot of familiar faces; obviously the coaches will make the trip, so I’ll see a lot of those guys and say hello to them. It was a great time, a great seven years that I spent there.”
For now, Ellsbury will focus on getting back into games, and although his calf feels better, he doesn’t promise he’ll be in a game tomorrow.
“I don’t want to say yet, just because I haven’t talked to them,” Ellsbury said. “I’m going to go hit. I got loose right now, I’ll go hit and throw, hit off the tee, just kind of do my normal routine. I’ll stretch out in the weight room and just report back to them.”
Ellsbury could get his chance to play against the Red Sox since the Yankees will travel and play them for a Thursday night ESPN game.
— The Yankees have made more roster cuts, simply because lockers are now emptying at Tampa. Chase Whitley, Robert Coello, Bruce Billings, Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores were among the players with empty lockers.