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Ellsbury (abdomen) participated in light hitting drills Friday and will take a full batting practice Saturday, LoHud.com reports.

Everything seems to be progressing as expected for Ellsbury after sustaining a mild oblique strain over a week ago, and the plan is still for him to play in a minor league game on Tuesday. If he's able to do that, the 31-year-old appears to be on track to be ready by Opening Day.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 5 days ago

Ellsbury (abdomen) went through a soft-toss BP session Thursday and said it "went great," Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record reports.

Ellsbury hopes to see time in a handful of exhibition contests next week, and his goal is still to be ready for Opening Day. Barring a setback, he would appear to be on track to open the season as the starting center fielder.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 5 days ago

Ellsbury (abdomen) took dry swings and played catch Wednesday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

The team reiterated its stance that they expect Ellsbury to be ready by Opening Day, but he was still unavailable for Wednesday's spring game. Manager Joe Girardi had previously indicated that he believed Ellsbury would be fine for the start of the season so long as he was back in Grapefruit League action by March 31, so it appears he won't be rushed back before then.

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Ellsbury (abdomen) resumed some on-field activities Monday.

Ellsbury was able to run sprints and take swings with a broomstick Monday, and both he and manager Joe Girardi indicated that he expects to be ready to return to game action by March 31. If he's able to return then, the 31-year-old should be in good shape to be ready by Opening Day as he'll have about a week left by that point. Girardi said he was "progressing great," so it appears Ellsbury will indeed be ready to return to spring action within the week.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 1 week ago

Ellsbury (abdomen) will undergo further treatment Monday but has still not hit or thrown since sustaining a mild oblique strain, LoHud.com reports.

Ellsbury expects to resume baseball activity later in the week after being shut down last Wednesday, and has reported that he's still confident that he'll be ready by Opening Day. The Yankees first regular season game is still two weeks away, but the 31-year-old will likely need to return to spring action pain-free before manager Joe Girardi slots him into the Opening Day lineup.

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Ellsbury (abdomen) expects to be ready by Opening Day, the NY Post reports.

Ellsbury, who suffered a mild oblique strain last week, sounded optimistic about his recovery thus far and reported already feeling better than when he initially sustained the injury. The 31-year-old been shut down from baseball activities until at least Wednesday, but if he can return shortly after that, the lefty would still have over a week to prepare for the April 6 season opener.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury underwent an MRI that confirmed the initial diagnosis of a mild oblique strain and will be shut down for at least a week, Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News reports.

Both Ellsbury and manager Joe Girardi believed it was a minor issue and were hopeful that the 31-year-old could return to Grapefruit League action as soon as Friday, but after the MRI he'll stop baseball activity for the next seven days. His Opening Day status could potentially be in jeopardy if the timetable is extended any further, but for now he's on track to return toward the end of spring training.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury (abdomen) is planning to return to the lineup Friday, LoHud.com reports.

Ellsbury was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League action with a mild abdominal strain, and will be held out for at least the next two games of action. Both he and manager Joe Girardi stressed that the issue was just a minor one, so the 31-year-old should be good to go without any restrictions when he's inserted back into the lineup.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury, who won't be in the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday, is dealing with a mild quadriceps strain, ESPN's Wallace Matthews reports.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi used the word "mild" three times for emphasis, so this may be something Ellsbury would play through during the regular season. The veteran outfielder played 149 games in his first season in the Bronx, after making just 74 and 134 appearances in his final two seasons with the Red Sox. Ellsbury missed more than half of his team's games in both 2010 and 2012, but he's played 145 or more games in four of his seven seasons since becoming an everyday player.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 2 weeks ago

Ellsbury is not in Tuesday's lineup and isn't scheduled to travel with the team for Wednesday's game, LoHud.com reports.

While no injury has been reported, it's a bit odd for Ellsbury to sit out consecutive games. He has thus far had a healthy spring, and he figures to bat first or second in the lineup this season.