One of the newest Yankees is already dealing with the same issues that plagued the 2013 Yankees…an injury. Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has some tightness in his right calf, and was a scratch from action on Sunday. Acting manager Rob Thomson also stated he doesn’t expect Ellsbury to make the Yankees road trip Monday either.
Yankees fans may be ready to sound the alarm, as Ellsbury has had a career riddled with injuries and has missed substantial time in the past. He signed a 7-year, $153 million dollar deal this past off-season after winning his second World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox. Thomson said the team doesn’t consider Ellsbury’s injury to be serious, saying:
We just want to knock this thing out before anything serious develops.
Ellsbury wasn’t clear with the team about how he injured the calf, but it had nothing to do with his leaving Saturday’s workout early. He wanted to take some extra swings in the batting cage and work on some hitting mechanics. Expect to see Ellsbury back in the Yankees lineup by late this week or next weekend.
The Yankees had been working as split squads over the past week, with several high-profile members playing in Panama over the weekend to honor former Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera in a two-game “Legend Series” set in Panama City. The Yankees were no-hit on Saturday, and almost returned the favor to the Miami Marlins on Sunday.