The New York Yankees do not know when Jacoby Ellsbury will be fit again as an MRI scan shed no light on a troublesome calf injury.
Ellsbury was due to to spend Thursday afternoon in batting practice as his first season with the Yankees approaches. He was, instead, sent to a local Tampa hospital where he underwent a scan to try to determine the problem in his right calf.
The test couldn't identify the source of the discomfort but did confirm that there was no significant damage to the muscle. However, the Yankees still do not know when the $153 million center fielder will return to action.
"This was good news. We got good news today,'' manager Joe Girardi told ESPN. "Our people decided to take a precautionary MRI to make sure there wasn't anything there, and it came back negative. Everything is great.''
Ellsbury was originally withdrawn from the line-up before a game on March 16. He originally claimed that he sat out the game purely as a precaution and would have played if it had been a regular season game.
But the former Red Sox star hasn't run since as the tightness in his calf continues to aggravate.
Speaking of the scan, Girardi said: "They decided to do a precautionary,'' Girardi said. "I don't determine if a guy gets a test. I go by what my people tell me.''
Ellsbury has suffered with a number of serious injuries in two of the last four seasons, missing a large chunk of games as a result. However, Girardi rejected the suggestion that the Yankees will rest him for an extended period of time to allow him to heal properly.
"No, no, no,'' Girardi said. "We want to get him out there. We got to get him ready for the season. For us, as soon as we can get him out there, we'll get him out there.''
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