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.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.