Yankees' Ellsbury (foot) sits out start of spring
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who missed last season because of injuries, won't report to spring training on time due to recurring problems with plantar fasciitis. Ellsbury, who has not resumed baseball activities, could join the team in March after continuing rehab in Arizona, manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday at his first press conference of spring training from Tampa, Fla.
"We expected him here as an active player from the start, but just some issues he had with his plantar fascia that kind of crept up as he was going through his rehab this winter have slowed him a little bit," Boone said. Ellsbury, 35, battled multiple injuries last season and underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip to repair a torn labrum in August.
He has two years remaining on a seven-year, $153 million contract he signed as a free agent from the Boston Red Sox after the 2013 season. The Yankees have a $21 million team option for the 2021 season, which can be bought out for $5 million. In five injury-filled and inconsistent seasons with New York, Ellsbury is batting .264 with 39 homers, 198 RBIs and 102 steals.
In other Yankees news Wednesday, Boone said there is a "very good chance" that Luis Severino will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. Veteran pitcher C.C. Sabathia, who has a career record of 246-153, is expected on Saturday to officially announce his retirement after this season. --Field Level Media