Ellsbury unlikely to be activated when eligible

Girardi, Yankees waiting to see how center fielder responds to treatment

Ellsbury unlikely to be activated when eligible

NEW YORK -- The Yankees do not expect to have Jacoby Ellsbury back in the lineup when he is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list, manager Joe Girardi said after Friday's 10-9 loss to the Rangers.

Ellsbury was examined by a team physician Friday at Yankee Stadium after being placed on the disabled list Wednesday with a right knee sprain. The earliest date that Ellsbury would be eligible to be activated is June 4, but Girardi indicated that is unlikely.

"Do I think we'll get him in 15 days? No," Girardi said. "Do I think it'll be a real long DL stint? No. But as I've said all along, it's going to depend on how he responds to the treatment, and with speed being a big part of his game, we just have to see how he's doing."

Ellsbury sustained the knee injury while swinging at a fourth-inning pitch on Tuesday against the Nationals in Washington. The Yankees added rookie outfielder Slade Heathcott to the roster to take Ellsbury's spot and also plan to use veteran Chris Young in center field.

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