Ellsbury shut down for one week with mild oblique strain

Yankees manager Girardi not concerned, feels outfielder will be ready for Opening Day

Ellsbury shut down for one week with mild oblique strain

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury will be shut down from baseball activities for approximately one week after an MRI exam on Wednesday confirmed he has a mild oblique strain.

The Yankees were initially hoping that Ellsbury, who sat out Tuesday's game with what manager Joe Girardi originally described as a "mild, mild, mild, mild" strain, would be ready to return to the lineup later this week. Instead, he will now be sidelined for at least one of the final 2 1/2 weeks of Spring Training.

"Six, seven days we'll give him off and see where he's at, Girardi said. "I'm not really concerned about it, because it's really mild. This is the time of year we can protect him a little bit, don't have to rush him back."

While Ellsbury was originally expected to forego an MRI, the decision was ultimately made to send him for one following further evaluation on Wednesday morning. Though it's unclear how Ellsbury suffered the injury, he first noticed it prior to Sunday's game against the Phillies, but he did not report feeling any effects during the actual game itself.

Despite the diagnosis, Girardi remains confident that Ellsbury will be ready to go by the time Opening Day rolls around.

"I thought he was in a pretty good place, as far as being in shape and playing multiple days," Girardi said. "There'll be plenty of time for him."

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.