New York Yankees News: Jacoby Ellsbury Set For Rehab Assignment


New York Yankees News: The Yankees received some good news after a gloomy Sunday afternoon, as Jacoby Ellsbury will begin his rehab assignment Monday with hopes to make his return to the big league club this weekend.

It was a difficult Sunday afternoon for the New York Yankees, as they were stymied by Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros. The loss gave the Yankees a split of the four-game series with the Astros, as their offense was inconsistent. Big scoring night Friday and Saturday were sandwiched in between weak showings in the opener Thursday and the finale Sunday. They could be getting some added firepower to their lineup soon though, as Jacoby Ellsbury is set to begin his rehab assignment Monday.

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Ellsbury was able to pass his last test before being sent on a rehab assignment prior to Sunday afternoon’s game. He was on the field testing things out in front of Joe Girardi and other Yankees personnel, and they must have been pleased with what they saw. He appeared to be running normally and ready to get back on the field.

Ellsbury, who has been out for the last five weeks because of a knee sprain, will begin his rehabilitation Monday in Tampa Bay, Florida. If things go according to plan, Ellsbury has a chance to return to the big league club this upcoming weekend when the Yankees return home from their road trip.

“I’m excited to be playing in games sometime this week, and I can’t wait to get back with the big league club,” Ellsbury said in a statement that was released.

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“I’m excited to be playing in games sometime this week, and I can’t wait to get back with the big league club,” Ellsbury said in a statement. Manager Joe Girardi added that it is possible Ellsbury could be back Friday when the Yankees begin a series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees haven’t missed too much of a beat without Ellsbury in the lineup, as Brett Gardner has more than adequately filled in atop the Yankees lineup and in centerfield. When Ellsbury went down, the Yankees had a 22-18 record; without him in the lineup, they have gone a very similar 19-16.

Regardless, the Yankees will be more than happy to have their $153 million dollar man returning to the lineup. The 31-year old was having a great start to his season, as he had a .324 batting average with one home run, six RBI, 29 runs and 14 stolen bases in 27 games through May 19th, when he went on the DL.

The Yankees will finish their road trip out west when they travel to take on the Los Angeles Angels for three games before returning home.

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