Well, the last 24 hours have not been kind to the Yankees: They lost to the Orioles, they were no-hit by the Marlins and now they’ve lost their center fielder for a couple of days.
Rob Thomson told the media Jacoby Ellsbury has a tight right calf and he’s been scratched from the lineup as well as scratched as a travel starter tomorrow. Ellsbury skipped live batting practice yesterday, which raised a slight warning flag, but there wasn’t much thought until this morning. It was actually presumed Ellsbury did all his work inside. Although Ellsbury has the calf injury, he could still play if this were a regular or postseason game.
“He said he could play,” Thomson said. “So I’m thinking if it was the regular season, he would have played. But since it’s spring training we’re going to back him off.”
— Brendan Ryan is slowly working his way back into Spring Training games. He’s doing tee and toss today and he’ll take live batting practice tomorrow. He expects to be in a game sometime this week.
— Tyler Austin expects to be a game most likely on Wednesday after suffering a setback with his wrist. He’s slated to take BP tomorrow on the field and if all goes well, Yankee fans could see him in a few games this week before he’s sent down to the minors.
— I know this isn’t Yankees news, but I read yesterday Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Patrick Corbin had forearm tightness after throwing 91 pitches in a Spring Training game. I know the Diamondbacks started Spring Training a week before the Yankees but no pitcher should be throwing 91 pitches this early in the Spring. If anything, save the 91-100 pitches for the final days of the Spring, when you’re just about ready for the season. It also troubles me when pitchers throw 99 MPH on a consistent basis this early in camp. That basically has “Tommy John Surgery” written all over it.