Ellsbury undergoes MRI on right calf

The outfielder's results come back negative; Ryan scratched from Thursday's game
03/20/2014 7:25 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Jacoby Ellsbury underwent a precautionary MRI on his right calf Thursday.(AP)
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury underwent a precautionary MRI on his bothersome right calf Thursday, with results coming back negative.

Ellsbury, who was scratched from last Sunday's lineup because of tightness in that calf, was scheduled for batting practice at Steinbrenner Field this morning, but was held out. Tests revealed no damage, and manager Joe Girardi was confident it was still a minor issue.

"When (Ellsbury) came to the park, they sent him to get it," Girardi told the media prior to Thursday night's game in Fort Myers. "He could have taken BP today. 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."

Girardi also said he is "very confident" Ellsbury will be ready to go on opening day.

Brendan Ryan, who was scheduled to start at shortstop, was scratched from the lineup with what the team called upper back spasms.

Ryan has not played since March 4 because of a lower back issue, but the Yankees said that Thursday's scratch is unrelated to the previous injury.

Dean Anna, who was scheduled to be the reserve third baseman Thursday night, replaced Ryan in the lineup.

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