Ellsbury set to test calf; earliest return is Friday

Ellsbury set to test calf; earliest return is Friday

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury said that he will soon be able to test his sore right calf by jogging and shagging fly balls in the outfield, and he does not expect the time off to affect his preparation for the season.

"It's really just a timing thing, if your feel is there," Ellsbury said. "I felt pretty good the last two games at the plate, seeing the ball well. I'm not too concerned about it. I've been doing a lot of stuff."

Ellsbury said that he hit in the batting cages, threw and lifted on Tuesday; he was scheduled to hit on the field on Wednesday. He has not yet run, but said that the calf has felt better every day.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that Ellsbury would play on Friday at the earliest, so he will not be on the travel roster for Thursday's game against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla.

"I'd like to go, but I'm not heartbroken," Ellsbury said. "I saw a lot of those guys yesterday."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.