FORT MYERS, Fla. — New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent for an MRI exam Thursday of his ailing right calf, which was negative.
Ellsbury hasn’t played since March 14. He was scratched from Sunday’s game against Atlanta because of right calf tightness.
“I’m sure he’ll take BP tomorrow,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Thursday night’s game against Boston. “We just wanted to make sure he was OK. They decided to do a precautionary. I don’t determine if a guy gets a test. That’s our guys on the medical side. Our people just decided let’s be cautious and make sure. We got good news.”
Girardi said he didn’t have a specific number of days that Ellsbury would rest.
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“We want to get him out there and get ready for the season,” Girardi said. “As soon as we can get him out there, we’ll get him out there.”
Ellsbury agreed to a $153 million, seven-year contract in December.
Meanwhile, Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan was scratched from the starting lineup Thursday because of upper back spasms.
Beachy needs another surgery
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy will have ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow for the second time Friday and is expected to miss the season.
Beachy’s ulnar collateral ligament was reconstructed by Dr. James Andrews on June 21, 2012, and Beachy returned to go 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings over five starts from July 29 to Aug. 20 last summer.
• Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn’t expect lower back tightness to keep first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from playing in the season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery Thursday to repair a broken bone above his left eye but has no other serious injuries after being hit in the face by a line drive in a spring-training game. Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said Chapman could begin throwing off a mound in six to eight weeks. The doctor called Chapman “a very lucky guy.”
• Miami second baseman Derek Dietrich broke his nose when he was struck in the face by a bad-hop single during the Marlins’ 4-3 win over St. Louis.
• Pitcher Andrew Cashner has been picked to start for the San Diego Padres on opening day against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
• Jose Iglesias will be out four to six months because of stress fractures in both legs, and Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated the team is preparing to play the season without Iglesias.
• The Los Angeles Angels and Chicago Cubs included a pair of big names in a minor-league trade. The Angels dealt first baseman Matt Scioscia, the son of manager Mike Scioscia, to the Cubs on Thursday for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky.