Jacoby Ellsbury diagnosed with abdominal strain

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From WFAN’s Sweeny Murti comes word that Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been diagnosed with a lower abdominal strain and will be held out of Grapefruit League action for at least the next two days.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi described the strain as “mild, mild, mild,” so this isn’t something that should affect Ellsbury’s readiness for the beginning of the regular season. The Yankees’ opener is Monday, April 6 against the Blue Jays — a little under three weeks away.

Ellsbury, 31, batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in 149 games last season for New York. It was the first year of a seven-year, $153 million contract.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.