Monday July 6th, 2015

The New York Yankees will activate centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list on Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters on Monday.

Ellsbury has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a sprained collateral ligament in his right knee. He began a rehab assignment last week with Class Tampa and went 2-for-13 with one run scored over four games.

Ellsbury was expected to continue the rehab assignment this week, but was scratched from Monday’s game.

“We scratched him because the fields were wet,” Cashman said, according to the New York Post. “He did some simulated stuff [Monday] and will do it again Tuesday and be activated Wednesday.”

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Before sustaining the injury in a May 19 game against the Washington Nationals, Ellsbury batted .324 with one home run, six RBIs and a .783 OPS. He also stole 14 bases and scored 29 runs.

With Ellsbury out, the Yankees have used Brett Gardner, Chris Young, Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams in centerfield. Heathcott and Williams are also now on the disabled list with injuries. Outfielder Carlos Beltran also was placed on the DL on Friday with a strained left oblique muscle.

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With Ellsbury back, Gardner is expected to shift back to second in the batting order from leadoff.

The Yankees entered Monday 44–38, one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.

Mike Fiammetta

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