Bombers bits

• Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Yankees' lineup on Tuesday, leading off and playing center field, after injuring his left ankle on a slide into home plate. Ellsbury pinch-hit on Sunday and doubled in a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays.

"I told him, 'Look, if you feel that it's an issue out there, you've got to let me know,'" Girardi said. "If you feel you need to DH a day, you have to let me know."

• David Phelps threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, tossing his fastball and changeup, and he plans to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session on Friday in which he will use all of his pitches. Phelps has not pitched in a game since Aug. 2 in Boston because of right elbow inflammation, and the Yankees plan to bring him back as a reliever.

"It's not really in my control, as much as I would like it to be," Phelps said. "We have to take it a step at a time, just play it step by step and make sure everything goes well."

• On this date in 1996, David Cone threw seven innings of no-hit ball at Oakland in his first start since having surgery in May for an aneurysm. On this date in 2001, Mike Mussina came within one out of a perfect game at Fenway Park. Carl Everett broke up the bid with a pinch-hit single to center field.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for 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.