Jacoby Ellsbury expected to be ready for start of season

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Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was diagnosed with an oblique strain early last week, but it’s thought to be a fairly minor injury and he is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Ellsbury was able to take dry swings, play catch, and run on Wednesday in Yankees camp. There’s no announced timetable for his return to Grapefruit League play, but it seems like that could happen over the weekend.

Ellsbury batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in 2014 — his first season with the Yankees. He signed a seven-year, $153 million free agent contract with New York last winter after spending the first seven years of his major league career in Boston.