No joke: Jacoby Ellsbury has yet another injury.
This one is to his plantar fascia, which has delayed him starting baseball activity in Tampa.
“It came up sometime last week,” manager Aaron Boone said before Monday’s game against the Marlins. “I think he’s had it at times in the past. I don’t think it’s a serious thing or serious issue, but it is something that’s popped up along the way with his hip stuff.”
Ellsbury also missed all of the spring with an oblique injury, which has since gotten better, according to Boone, but then a hip injury popped up delaying his rehab further.
The Yankees manager said Ellsbury is continuing treatments with his hip but was unable to pinpoint a timetable for when he expects his center fielder to begin playing in games again.
“We just got to get him right,” he said. “To be able to start back on baseball activities and then starting getting into and playing in games and coming out and getting through that. When that is, I’d be guessing right now. He is down in Tampa and starting to ramp up a little bit again.”
Ellsbury, 34, is due $ 68 million over the next three seasons.
DRURY TAKES CUTS
Brandon Drury took some batting practice and ground balls on Monday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list with migraines and blurry vision on April 7.
The 25-year-old infielder said he is taking anti-inflammatories to treat his symptoms and is waiting to hear back on the tests he underwent last week at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
“I’m actually excited to figure out what’s going on,” Drury said. “Been feeling this awhile and I want nothing more than to go out there and play baseball with a clear vision and clear head and help this team win ball games.”
Drury admitted that physical activity makes his symptoms worse and even acknowledged going to the plate “all the time” with blurred vision, so how he feels after his workout will be significant.
“When I’m out there running around and hitting the ball in batting practice, I’m going to be able to tell if it’s better or not,” Drury said. “It’s something I gotta take a day at a time.”
Greg Bird, who is recovering from having a bone spur surgically removed from his ankle, was on the field before batting practice on Monday playing catch in the outfield.
“He’s moving in the right direction and looks like he’s kind of passed every test so far,” Boone said. “The fact he’s doing these things is a real encouraging sign. I would say that I’m excited about his progress and where he is and hopefully (his recovery) ends up being on the shorter side.”
Starlin Castro was excited to be reunited with his former teammates at Yankee Stadium on Monday, but the Marlins second baseman said it’s been tough adjusting from New York to Miami since he was traded for slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
“It’s kind of tough, and when I got traded it surprised me,” he said. “It surprised me in the moment and after that, for me as player, I can’t control it. We can’t control when we have a trade. I keep this in the past and I don’t want this to bother my mind.”
The Yankees signed utility player Jace Peterson on Monday to a major-league contract after he elected free agency over an outright assignment on Sunday.
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