Jacoby Ellsbury is the forgotten man on the New York Yankees. Although he’s yet to play this season, he still hopes to make a return in 2018.
Ellsbury spoke with King about the progress he has made and his ultimate goal for the season.
“I have been putting in good work at the complex, that is still the plan,’’ said Ellsbury, who has progressed from treatment in the trainer’s room to weight-room workouts. “You try to say you are hopeful, come in, get your work in and do everything you can to play this season.”
Ellsbury, who is currently rehabbing at the Yankees facility in Tampa, has been keeping a watchful eye on his team while on the shelf.
“I want to play this season. It’s tough, I watch the guys play on TV. I watch every night,” he said. “You want to be part of the mix, and the team is playing well.’’
Due to his multiple overlapping injuries, Ellsbury has missed every game in 2018 thus far.
He first landed on the DL because of an oblique strain in Spring Training. Eventually, he hurt his hip while rehabbing his oblique, starting suffering from heel pain and then was told there was another issue when he visited a back specialist.
In four years with the Yankees, Ellsbury is hitting .264 with 39 home runs, 198 runs batted in and 102 stolen bases. After 2018, Ellsbury will still be under contract with the Yankees until 2020 and has a $5 million buy out in 2021.
He’s holding out hope that he can prove all the doubters wrong and surprise some people down the stretch.