Jacoby Ellsbury plays in a minor-league game

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While most of the Yankees prepare for tonight’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Jacoby Ellsbury played a minor league game and went 1-for-4 in six plate appearances before he was pulled for a pinch-runner. He didn’t do any hard running but he was encouraged by his progress.

“It was a pretty productive day,” Ellsbury told the media on Tuesday afternoon.. “The main thing was just seeing some pitches, getting my timing. I felt pretty good up there.”

Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since March 14th due to calf tightness, wasn’t on the travel roster for tomorrow’s game against the Blue Jays, but still said he needed to cover the basics before he can get into a game.

“The best thing about it is we have time right now,” Ellsbury said. “Obviously, I need to cover a lot of ground, steal bases, do a lot of different things as far as using my legs, so we want to make sure it’s 100 percent. But as far as me not being ready, in that regard, I’ll be good to go.”

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