Earlier this Spring, the New York Yankees announced outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury wouldn’t join the team at camp after he was diagnosed with plantar fascsiitis. However, the team announced Ellsbury had been making progress and could make his camp debut sooner than expected.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Ellsbury is slated to make his camp debut on March 16th or March 17th.
Jacoby Ellsbury expected to join Yankees on 3/16 or 3/17.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 6, 2019
Ellsbury never seemed to find his way on the roster after undergoing hip surgery last season. In his absence, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Hicks filled the vacated position.
With the outfield pretty much set in stone to begin the 2019 season, it’s not likely Ellsbury will have a starting job. However, if Ellsbury proves he’s able to provide productive at-bats, he will have some type of bench role.
Ellsbury is likely to start the season on the injured list. But just seeing Ellsbury participate in drills in camp is certainly a step in the right direction.