Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Joel Sherman of the New York Post that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury will sit out of Tuesday night’s series-opener against the visiting Mariners due to minor “hand pain.”
Ellsbury was run through a range of tests and they showed no structural damage. The hope is that he will be ready to go on Wednesday or Thursday.
Brett Gardner is starting in center field and Ichiro Suzuki is starting in left field Tuesday in New York versus Mariners right-hander Chris Young.
Ellsbury is batting .312/.369/.441 with eight stolen bases and 14 runs scored in 25 games this season after inking a seven-year, $153 million free agent contract with the Yankees in December.
Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays wasn’t a super huge guy or anything, but he’s going to be smaller this year: he told reporters today that he’s lost 25 pounds. He attributes it to a new diet and a workout regimen and says it’ll help him with his running, swing and throwing.
Dickerson had a down year in 2016, so if losing 25 pounds is something he thinks will work for him he’s got nothing to lose. Of course the best way for him to improve his numbers is to convince the Rays to trade him back to Colorado, but that’s not likely.
As I note every spring, “Best Shape of His Life” stories aren’t really about players being in The Best Shape of Their Lives. They’re about players and agents seeking to create positive stories.
We know this because the vast majority of Best Shape of His Life claims are about guys who were either injured the season before, guys who had subpar years the season before or players whose conditioning was a point of controversy the season before. These folks, or their agents + reporters who have little if nothing to write about in the offseason = BSOHL.
James McCann hurt his ankle last season and had a subpar year at the plate. So not only is he a perfect BSOHL candidate, he went old school with the claim and hit it right on the money, verbatim:
Spring training is less than a month away, folks!