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Jacoby Ellsbury day-to-day with sore left hand

The Yankees outfielder will not start Tuesday vs. the Mariners
04/29/2014 5:05 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Jacoby Ellsbury will not start Tuesday, but may be available off the bench.(AP)
Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the starting lineup for the first-place New York Yankees' series opener with the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, sitting out for the first time this season because of a sore left hand.

Tests performed on the hand were negative according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, so today's day off is a precautionary one.

"His hand has been sore the last couple days. The tests came back good, so I'm giving him today off in the hopes that it will clear up," Girardi said prior to the game. "There's no structural damage, it's just been sore."

The soreness is on the top of Ellsbury's left hand, but no one is sure of its genesis.

"We don't know how he did it, it's been bothering him but he's been playing through it," the skipper said.

Girardi said he was willing to use Ellsbury to pinch-run or play defense on Tuesday night, but hopes it will be a full day off - and with the weather forecast for Wednesday being very bleak, that could benefit Ellsbury immensely.

"I could use him, yeah…but knowing what's in front of us (with rain in the forecast) tomorrow, it might end up giving him two days."

Ellsbury, who was the only Yankee to play in all of the team's first 25 games, is also one of the team's top offensive weapons so far; he entered Tuesday hitting .312 with 11 RBI, 10 extra-base hits, and a team-leading eight stolen bases.

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