Jacoby Ellsbury tested his tight right hip on the bases before Wednesday night’s game with mixed results.
The centerfielder, out since being removed from last Friday night’s game, ran without pain, Joe Girardi said, but not to the degree that he’s ready to return to the starting lineup.
“He is making progress, he is not ready to play,” Girardi said. “He is not running at enough of a percentage where I’d feel comfortable putting him in there . . . he’s not quite ready but he’s making progress, which is good.”
Ellsbury, whom Girardi didn’t rule out as a possible pinch-hitter option, jogged from first to second on the infield dirt as part of his pregame work.
“We increased the intensity today from yesterday,” Girardi said. “We’ll try to increase it tomorrow as long as he feels better.”
As of now, the plan is not to put Ellsbury on the disabled list.
“Hopefully sometimes this weekend we can get him in there [the lineup],” Girardi said.
Sabathia feeling good
CC Sabathia, on the 15-day DL since May 5 with a left groin strain, said he expects to return to the rotation when that stint is up.
“It will only be the 15 days,” said Sabathia, who has played catch every day since he was placed on the DL because of a groin strain. “No restrictions.”
It’s the same situation for A-Rod. Girardi said Alex Rodriguez, on the DL since May 4 with a strained right hamstring, is progressing and should be ready to return as soon as he’s eligible.
“I think it’s realistic that he’ll be ready [after] his 15 days as well,” Girardi said. “He feels good. He’s been running on the treadmill, so our hope is he’s ready.”
Tex still out
Mark Teixeira sat out a second straight game with spasms in his neck.
“I have not seen him yet today,” Girardi said. “My plans were to give him two days [off]. I’ll see how he feels but my guess is he’s better.”
Chapman has fans buzzing
Aroldis Chapman, whom Girardi planned to stay away from Wednesday after pitching Monday and Tuesday, created sustained buzz not heard in the Stadium all season with his first two appearances.
“Any time they [fans] see triple digits, I think they become even more excited,” Girardi said of the radar gun readings. “Ninety-seven, 98 gets them really excited, when you start seeing 100 and 101, people love it. His stuff is electric and it’s exciting and I think people like that.”