Ellsbury to miss Yankees' game vs. BravesCenter fielder scratched with sore right calf
Ellsbury told acting manager Rob Thomson he felt good enough to play, and Thomson indicated that a month from now he probably would, but the team was taking no chances.
"I'm thinking if it was the regular season, he would have played," Thomson said, "but since it's spring training we're going to back him off."
The outfielder first felt a little tightness during Saturday's workout but went through a normal routine, taking batting practice in the cage and running on the field. It still felt tight when he arrived Sunday morning and so he visited the trainer for some heat treatment.
"It didn't change my plan of what I did (Saturday), but today it was tight and I let them know, so I got some treatment and we'll knock it out," Ellsbury said. "I let them know that I was fine to play, but they said let's get this thing 100 percent."
"It doesn't sound like its much, but thankfully, it's March, so we can make sure it's not going to be much," general manager Brian Cashman added. "He was good for informing the trainer, and the trainer was good for reacting to it."
Ellsbury's speed is important to his game, so extra precaution is expected, but no one seems to think this will be a lingering issue.
"I mean, that's his life,' Thomson said. "Whether he's hitting or running or defending, he's got to have good legs under him. But I think it's not going to be long."
"In March, with tightness, you react bigger than anything else, so we'll just make sure we'll give it some time," Cashman added. "We'll make sure we take care of this, and if it takes a few days or a week, so be it."
The GM added that no further testing is planned but will be added if the training staff eventually feels it's needed.
Ellsbury has already been scratched from the Yankees' road trip to Bradenton Monday, but the outfielder hopes to be ready on Tuesday, when the Bombers have their first meeting with his old team, the Red Sox, here at Steinbrenner Field.
He joked with the media that "actually, my calf feels a little looser" when reminded of the schedule, and reiterated that whether he plays or not against Boston this spring, he's looking forward to being able to suit up in Beantown when the games count.
"I'm looking forward to going back. I always enjoyed playing that stadium in front of that crowd. I'm not really sure what type of reception to expect, but I'm looking forward to it."