Jacoby Ellsbury was held out of Tuesday's game against the Boston Red Sox because of some tightness in his right calf that has not gone away, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game that Ellsbury wouldn't be back in the lineup until Friday, at the earliest.
Ellsbury won't play in Wednesday or Thursday's game because of the calf issue; the Yankees won't play him again until at least two days after the centerfielder feels 100 percent.
Girardi also said that Ellsbury still felt some of that tightness after going through a workout Tuesday morning.
“We just want it 100 percent,” Ellsbury said before the game today. “It’s just one of those things that when I step on that field … it'll be fine when I play in that game. That’s how we want it.”
Ellsbury was hoping to play today against the Red Sox, his former club, but wasn't able to get that chance. If the plan to keep him out for a few more days hold up, then it looks like he'll also miss the second and last meeting against Boston this spring when the Yankees travel down to Fort Myers on Thursday.
The first regular season meeting between the Yankees and Red Sox will be on April 10th when Boston comes to the Bronx for a four-game weekend series that starts on a Thursday.