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Brian Cashman expects Jacoby Ellsbury back before All-Star break

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Yankees follows through on

Jacoby Ellsbury of the Yankees follows through on a third-inning base hit against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

BALTIMORE - There remains no firm timetable for Jacoby Ellsbury's return, but general manager Brian Cashman said he expects the centerfielder back before July's All-Star break.

"Yeah, I would think so," Cashman said Friday.

Ellsbury, out since May 20 with a right knee sprain, started baseball activities earlier in the week, progress that continued Friday.

He did some light baserunning for about 10 minutes, then played catch with bench coach Rob Thomson.

Joe Girardi estimated Ellsbury ran at about "60 percent." "He's starting to do a little bit of everything now," Girardi said. "He felt good again today."

Ellsbury will accompany the Yankees to Miami early next week and is expected to be sent to Tampa to begin rehab games.

Williams goes deep

Mason Williamsmade his MLB debut Friday night, starting in center.

"I started sweating," Williams said of his reaction to news of the call-up on Thursday. "I'm blessed to be here."

He has made a quick impact, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning of the 11-3 loss to the Orioles.The Yankees brought Williams up instead of Ramon Flores because of his abilities in center.

"He's a pure centerfielder," Cashman said, one of the best in our system."Rogers shipped out

Girardi said after the game that RHP Esmil Rogers, who allowed four runs, though only one earned, and has a 6.27 ERA in 18 games, had been outrighted to Triple-A. He cleared waivers and can either report to Scranton or elect free agency. Recently signed RHP Sergio Santos is a candidate to replace him.

Setting up

Girardi said lefty Justin Wilson would serve as Dellin Betances' primary setup man, though it's probable that righty Chris Martin will share some of those duties, depending on matchups.

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