TAMPA, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury was sporting a pressure wrap on his right hand Sunday morning in an effort to keep the swelling down around his bruised wrist. As for when he’ll be back in the lineup, that’s unknown at the moment.
The Yankees centerfielder left Saturday’s game in the fifth inning after being struck on the side of the wrist by a 90-mph fastball. A CT scan and X-rays came back negative, showing no evidence of a fracture. In pointing to the area, Ellsbury said Sunday, “It’s just in a bad spot. It’s not really a good spot to get hit.”
With the Yankees off Monday, Ellsbury will continue his treatment to reduce the inflammation, but he is unsure when he’ll return to baseball activities.
“They haven’t given me [a day],” Ellsbury said. “Just come in here and get all the treatment in. I’ll probably do very similar stuff [Monday] . . . ice to get the swelling out. Really, they just told me it’s day-to-day.”
Manager Joe Girardi said he can’t see Ellsbury returning before Thursday. Opening Day is April 4. This is the third straight year Ellsbury has suffered an injury in mid-March. He made it back in time for the season opener the previous two years.
Murphy says hi
John Ryan Murphy, whom the Yankees traded to Minnesota for Aaron Hicks, greeted Girardi, Brian McCann and the other Yankees who made the trip to Fort Myers for Sunday’s exhibition game.
Murphy said McCann was “like a big brother to me.” The two, who remain close, exchanged a hearty hug by the batting cages.
“I don’t even know if there’s words to explain that — he’s taught me a lot,” Murphy sad. “We still talk all the time.”
Of the trade, Murphy said: “I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t know it was going to happen. But I think it took a couple of weeks for me to realize it’s just a good thing for my career. Once I put that in perspective, then I think I got more and more excited as spring approached.”
Murphy is scheduled to back up Kurt Suzuki with the Twins.