Bombers bits

-- Jacoby Ellsbury received a day off from the starting lineup for rest on Monday against the Rangers. Ellsbury had played in all 10 of the Yanks' games coming out of the All-Star break, batting .289 (11-for-38) with a double and two homers on the homestand. He said Girardi told him about the day off on Sunday's flight to Texas.

• Masahiro Tanaka (partially torn right ulnar collateral ligament) stayed back in New York to continue receiving treatment at Yankee Stadium. Aug. 4 will mark three weeks of full rest since the right-hander received a platelet-rich plasma injection.

"We're still waiting for that three-week mark. Nothing's really going to change until the three-week mark," Girardi said. "He's staying back and doing treatment every day. He feels better and better. You just kind of wait to see where you are after three weeks."

• Carlos Beltran (bone spur in right elbow) has increased to throwing at 100-120 feet. The Yankees are hopeful that Beltran, currently only a designated hitter, could return to play some outfield after this road trip.

• Michael Pineda (strained muscle in upper back) is scheduled to throw three innings or 45 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. The Yankees are hopeful that Pineda can rejoin the big league roster in mid-August.

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.