The Yankees sent center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury for the doctor for a precautionary MRI on his tight right calf today after he was scratched from his scheduled batting practice session earlier today, manager Joe Girardi told reporters.
Girardi said that the results of the MRI came back negative, and the Yankees are hoping that Ellsbury will be able to play over the coming weekend.
“Everything is great,” Girardi said. “The MRI came back negative, so it’s day-to-day. We want to make sure he’s 100 percent before we send him back out there.”
Ellsbury was scratched from March 16th's lineup against the Atlanta Braves because of calf tightness and has not played since then. Since that day, he's been telling reporters that it's not anything serious and he could play if he needed to, but undergoing an MRI -- regardless of how it turned out -- says it's more serious than he is letting on.
He has yet to begin running on the calf, which he was hoping to do today through the BP session.
“I think he feels a little bit,” Girardi said. “That’s why we’re just being cautious. We want to make sure he’s healthy. … My guess is he’ll try to take some BP tomorrow and then we’ll go from there. We want him to run before he plays.”
The Yankees have 12 more days until the head to Houston for Opening Day, so we can only hope that it doesn't linger any longer and he is able to get back in games this weekend to continue preparing for the regular season.