The Yankees had been trying to get Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup by Friday’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, Ellsbury returning to the ball club on Friday is officially out of the question.
Brian Cashman wasn’t sure whether Ellsbury would join his teammates in the Bronx and later said he’d announce a final decision in the evening. In the end, Cashman had decided Ellsbury wouldn’t start against the Rays as Ellsbury had originally anticipated. Cashman added Ellsbury needed to gain strength in his legs, especially after sitting out with general fatigue. Ellsbury was once again out of the Tampa Yankees lineup tonight.
“He’s going through a spring training-like progression,” Cashman said. “With all the sprints and work, he is going through, he is slowly getting his legs back.”
Ellsbury has been on the DL with a knee sprain for the last six weeks.