Ellsbury tests oblique by running sprints

Ellsbury tests oblique by running sprints

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jacoby Ellsbury has resumed some on-field activities and is "progressing great" as he looks to be in the Yankees' Opening Day lineup, according to manager Joe Girardi.

Ellsbury, 31, ran sprints in the outfield before Tuesday's game against the Tigers, testing his strained right oblique. He has yet to hit or throw, but Girardi said that Ellsbury swung a broomstick lightly on Monday and is working out in the gym with a medicine ball.

Ellsbury has not played since March 15, when he sustained the injury while tossing in the outfield. Girardi said that he believes Ellsbury should have no problem being ready for the regular season as long he is able to play in a game by March 31.

"I put the timetable out there so he didn't feel he had to rush, but as long as he's in there by next Tuesday, I think we're going to be OK," Girardi said.

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.