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Ellsbury goes five innings, Robertson pitches in minor-league game Wednesday

03/26/2014 5:22 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
While the major-league squad spent the day facing the Blue Jays in Dunedin, New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and RHP David Robertson spent Wednesday at the Yankees' minor-league complex, appearing in a Single-A minor-league game against the Pirates.

Per Yankees PR, Ellsbury played five innings in center field, going 1-for-4 a walk and fielding several fly balls without any apparent issue. Robertson, meanwhile, pitched 2/3 of an inning, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two.

The outing was simply extra work for Robertson, while Ellsbury was appearing in his second straight minor-league game after missing nine days with a tight right calf.

According to general manager Brian Cashman, Ellsbury is expected to be ready for opening day in Houston. The outfielder will play in another minor-league game Thursday and likely be kept at the complex the rest of the way - a precaution so they can backdate a disabled-list stint if Ellsbury suffered a relapse - but the GM acknowledged those plans could change.

Cashman said of the assignment. "We have him over here only for that reason, but if he looks as good as he did yesterday and today, he'll be in Houston," Cashman said. "Our intent was to play him over here the rest of the way before we go to Houston, but he's bouncing around so well, maybe we should change that. I don't know. We'll talk about it."

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