Jacoby Ellsbury set to DH in minors

March, 24, 2014
Mar 24
3:12
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury, who has not played in a game in 10 days because of tightness in his right calf, will return to action in a minor league game Tuesday at the Yankees' player development complex across the street from George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Ellsbury will not play center field, but is expected to get between five and seven at-bats as the designated hitter. The weather forecast calls for rain in Tampa on Tuesday afternoon, and manager Joe Girardi indicated that if the minor league game is not played -- or if the field is deemed too wet for Ellsbury to play on -- he would not play in the Yankees' regular game Tuesday night against the Phillies, but would be held back until the minor league game Wednesday afternoon.

In spite of his inactivity, Ellsbury said there is still "plenty of time" for him to be ready for Opening Day.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .282
HRM. Teixeira 17
RBIM. Teixeira 48
RB. Gardner 62
OPSB. Gardner .768
ERAM. Tanaka 2.51
SOM. Tanaka 135