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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) will play in a minor league game Friday.

There was some thought that he could return to Grapefruit League action, but the Yankees want to be protected in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move. The feeling, though, is that Ellsbury will be ready to roll on Opening Day next Tuesday in Houston.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) could play in the Yankees' Grapefruit League game against the Marlins on Friday.

Ellsbury has been playing in minor league games as he works his way back from tweaking his right calf earlier in camp, and he'll play in another minor league game Thursday. Assuming that goes well, the center fielder could see spring training game action Friday. "I think he will be ready [for Opening Day], as long as he's feeling good and he's healthy," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 29 Days

Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) went 1-for-4 with a walk in a minor league game Wednesday.

Ellsbury also played five innings in center field and reported no issues with his right calf. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2014 regular season.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) took six plate appearances in a minor league game Tuesday.

Ellsbury, sidelined for over a week with right calf tightness, had a single and two walks. The high-priced outfielder was encouraged by how he felt and believes he'll have no trouble being ready for Opening Day.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) could return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

Ellsbury tweaked his right calf last weekend and hasn't played in a game since, but he'll test things out with batting practice Friday. The Yankees seem to be playing things extra cautiously with their high-priced outfielder, so he should be ready to got on Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback.

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An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's right calf came back negative Thursday.

Ellsbury tweaked his right calf over the weekend and hasn't played in a game since, but the Yankees are hopeful he'll be able to return to action over the weekend. As of now, there's no reason to believe he's at risk for missing Opening Day.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) will not play Wednesday.

Ellsbury went through a full range of workouts on Tuesday in camp, but the Yankees want to be sure his sore right calf is 100 percent healthy before they send him back into Grapefruit League play. He should return by the end of this week and is fully expected to be ready for the start of the 2014 regular season. Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million free agent contract with the Yankees in December.

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Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) is not in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup against the Red Sox.

Ellsbury, who is nursing a sore right calf, will go through a normal day of hitting, running and throwing workouts on Tuesday. He's not sure if he'll return to action Wednesday, but it sounds like a relatively minor issue.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 1 Month

Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) is expected to miss a third straight game Tuesday.

Ellsbury was cleared to hit in the batting cage Monday, but the Yankees won't to hold him out of game action a little longer. All signs point to the outfielder's calf issue being minor.

Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY 1 Month

Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from the Yankees' lineup Sunday due to tightness in his right calf.

It's viewed as a minor ailment, as Ellsbury would have played had it been the regular season. He'll also sit out Monday, but expect him to return to Grapefruit League action shortly.