TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury hurt a hip in his comeback from an oblique injury, a setback that means Aaron Hicks is likely to return from the disabled list first.

New York Manager Aaron Boone disclosed Ellsbury’s latest malady on Tuesday. The 34-year-old outfielder did not play in any exhibition games from March 1 until March 24 and finished spring training 1 for 14.

“It’s going to cost him a couple days here,” Boone said. “Hopefully it’s something small and not a big deal and not a huge setback, but shut down for a couple days.”

Ellsbury is projected as a backup outfielder after losing the starting center field job to Hicks last season. Ellsbury is guaranteed $21,142,857 in each of the next three seasons as part of a $153 million, seven-year contract that includes a $21 million team option for 2021 with a $5 million buyout.

He hit .264 with seven homers and 39 RBI in 112 games last season. He was sidelined from May 24 until June 26 after sustaining a concussion against the outfield wall while making a spectacular catch to rob Kansas City’s Alcides Escobar.

Hicks went on the disabled list Friday, a day after straining his right ribcage in the opener. Hicks is eligible to be activated April 9.


Clint Frazier could be getting into minor league games soon. The outfielder hasn’t played since sustaining a concussion against the outfield fence in his second spring training game on Feb. 24.

MARINERS: Seattle placed designated hitter Nelson Cruz on the 10-day disabled list after he suffered a sprained right ankle in the season-opening series against Cleveland.

The Mariners recalled utility player Taylor Motter to take Cruz’s spot on the roster. Daniel Vogelbach is likely to get the majority of at-bats at designated hitter while Cruz is out.

Mets: Reliever Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 10-day disabled list after straining a muscle on his left side in his second appearance with New York.

The team recalled right-hander Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas before Tuesday night’s game against Philadelphia.

Swarzak left Saturday’s game against St. Louis and was later sent for an MRI. He was put on the DL retroactive to Sunday and expects to miss at least a few weeks.


ROYALS: Kansas City requested unconditional release waivers on right-hander Kyle Zimmer, who was designated for assignment March 29.

CARDINALS: St. Louis placed Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day disabled list and recalled prospect Harrison Bader from Triple-A.

Gyorko left Monday’s game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring.

ANGELS: The Angels placed right-hander Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Parker Bridwell from Triple-A.

Shoemaker is dealing with a strained right forearm.

DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona placed third baseman Jake Lamb on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

To take Lamb’s place on the roster, Arizona recalled right-hander reliever Matt Koch from Triple-A Reno.

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