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 place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.