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Jacoby Ellsbury expects to be ready for Opening Day for New York Yankees

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When the New York Yankees open their 2014 regular season against the Houston Astros, they should have their new center fielder in the lineup and batting lead-off.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been battling a sore right calf for the last couple weeks, said on Friday that he plans to be ready to go for Opening Day. Quoted on

I felt pretty good…I played it like a normal game, busting it out of the box. I played like I normally would.”

Manager Joe Girardi expressed optimism that his center fielder will be ready to go:

I’m pretty confident that he’s through this, but we’ll just wait and see.”

In nine spring training games Ellsbury has still been searching for his swing, batting .174 in 23 at-bats. Even so, the Yankees are certainly more concerned about his health for the start of the season than they are about his spring statistics. This off-season the Yankees signed Ellsbury away from the rival Boston Red Sox with a seven-year, $153 million deal.

Ellsbury is a career .297 hitter. In 2013 he batted .298/.355/.426 in 134 games for the World Champion Red Sox.

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