Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury ready to test sore right calf

So… did that Panama trip really happen? It seems like such a blur. I’m glad they let me back through customs.

Here’s an early update on Jacoby Ellsbury from George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa:

TAMPA, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury is looking forward to getting reacquainted with some of his old Red Sox teammates on Tuesday, but as he guards a sore right calf, he won’t be having any of those conversations between the white lines.

“We just want it 100 percent,” Ellsbury said. “It’s just one of those things that when I step on that field … it’ll be fine when I play in that game. That’s how we want it.”

Ellsbury was scratched from Sunday’s lineup and had a full day of rest on Monday. He said that he plans to have a normal day of hitting, running and throwing workouts on Tuesday, and was not certain if he would be available to play on Wednesday.

“I don’t want to say yet, just because I haven’t talked to them,” Ellsbury said. “I’m going to go hit, throw, hit off the tee – just kind of do my normal routine. I’ll go stretch out in the weight room and report back to them.”

Ellsbury was pleased to hear that several familiar faces would be in the visiting dugout for Tuesday’s game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Boston’s travel roster for the game includes Jackie Bradley Jr., Jonny Gomes, David Ross and starter Felix Doubront.

“Yeah, it’ll be a little different looking across,” Ellsbury said. “I’ll see a lot of familiar faces; obviously the coaches will make the trip, so I’ll see a lot of those guys and say hello to them. It was a great time, a great seven years that I spent there.”

Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with New York in December, will have another opportunity to play against his former club this spring. The Yankees are traveling to play the Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. on Thursday.

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