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Ailing Clint Frazier, Jacoby Ellsbury no closer to returning

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier strikes out against the Tampa

Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier strikes out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Credit: Jim McIsaac

TAMPA, Fla. — Injured outfielders Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury seem no closer to resuming baseball activities, let alone being cleared to play in a game.

Frazier, out with a concussion since Feb. 24, worked on the exercise bike for 20 minutes Sunday morning but went home before the first pitch of the 1 p.m. game against the Rays.

“Felt fine. I’m in positive spirits today,” said Frazier, who was evaluated by a doctor earlier in the day. He hasn’t hit in four days, and he said the nagging headaches he’s had for more than a week come “in and out.”

“Some days I have it, some days I don’t,” Frazier said. “A lot of it is environment-driven.”

Ellsbury, who came to camp as the fifth outfielder, suffered a right oblique strain during batting practice Friday morning and hasn’t done much since.

“Still sore today,” Aaron Boone said. “We’ll just continue to monitor him day to day and see how it goes.”

Nice throw

Gary Sanchez showed off his cannon arm, throwing out Rays leadoff man Mallex Smith, who got a good jump while trying to steal second in the first. “Pretty impressive,” Boone said.

Chapman debuts

Aroldis Chapman struggled in his Florida debut, allowing a run and a hit and hitting a batter in one-third of an inning. But his velocity was good in the 18-pitch outing — he hit 99 mph on his third pitch — and Boone was pleased with the closer’s slider.

“A little out of rhythm,” said Chapman, whose stated goal this spring training is to be better against lefty batters. “But physically I felt good. My arm feels really good.”

Day of rest

The Yankees are off Monday and play the Tigers on Tuesday in Lakeland. Jordan Montgomery, who didn’t allow a run in his first two outings, will get the start.

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