TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees were able to exhale Saturday as X-rays and a CT scan on Jacoby Ellsbury's right wrist came back negative, showing no fracture and giving the outfielder two weeks to be ready for Opening Day. Ellsbury was hit on the right wrist by a 90-mph fastball from
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees were able to exhale Saturday as X-rays and a CT scan on Jacoby Ellsbury's right wrist came back negative, showing no fracture and giving the outfielder two weeks to be ready for Opening Day.
Ellsbury was hit on the right wrist by a 90-mph fastball from Julio Teheran during the club's 3-2 victory against the Braves. Ellsbury immediately left the game for a pinch-runner and left George M. Steinbrenner Field for tests at a local hospital.
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"He was in pain. He had seam marks on his wrist," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees are counting on Ellsbury to set the table as their leadoff hitter and everyday center fielder.
Ellsbury has been slowed by injuries in both of his previous two springs with the Yankees; a strained right calf interrupted his progress in March 2014 and a strained oblique shelved Ellsbury last spring, though he was ready for Opening Day in both cases.
Girardi said that Ellsbury's injury reminded him of a similar incident with former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson on the same field three years ago. Granderson's wrist was fractured, delaying the start of his season until mid-May.
"You don't want to see it," Girardi said before the test results came back. "I remember seeing it with Granderson a couple of years ago. It scares you, so you keep your fingers crossed that he's OK."
The 32-year-old Ellsbury batted .257 with seven homers, 33 RBIs and 21 steals in 111 games last season. Girardi said that if Ellsbury were to miss a significant amount of time, he would keep Brett Gardner in left field and play Aaron Hicks in center field.
"Hicksy has played center. That's the luxury of Hicksy, we can put him anywhere," Girardi said.
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