TAMPA, Fla. — Nothing to see here, folks.
That essentially was Jacoby Ellsbury’s message Thursday morning when the centerfielder, not in the lineup for Wednesday’s spring training opener or Thursday’s game against the Phillies, also was left off the travel list for Friday’s game in Lakeland against the Tigers.
But Ellsbury, who suffered a sprained right knee in late May last year that never fully healed, said he is healthy.
“Just to get a few more days of work in before I play in the first game, so that will be Saturday,” he said. “That’s really it. Everything’s good.”
Ellsbury, 32, was one of the Yankees’ top offensive performers in the early part of the 2015 season before injuring his knee May 20. He was leading the team in average (.324), on-base percentage (.412) and stolen bases (14).
After returning July 8, however, he had a .224/.269/.332 slash line and seven stolen bases the rest of the way