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Monday, March 24, 2014
Jacoby Ellsbury set to DH in minors

By Wallace Matthews

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.