Jacoby Ellsbury could begin minor league rehab assignment Monday

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Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined since May 19 with a sprained right knee, but he’s finally getting closer to rejoining the Yankees.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday that Ellsbury will go through a workout prior to today’s game against the Astros. If all goes well, he could be cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Monday. This would likely set up him up to be activated for the 4th of July weekend.

Ellsbury, 31, was batting .324/.412/.372 with one home run, six RBI, and 14 steals over 37 games prior to the injury. The Yankees are fourth in the majors in runs scored this month, so they have done a good job staying afloat without one of their most important pieces.