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.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.