Mar 22, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Chase Headley (12) scores a run against the New York Mets during the second inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
TAMPA — Jacoby Ellsbury continued to sport a compression wrap on his bruised right wrist Tuesday, but the outfielder isn’t worried about his injury lingering the way Brett Gardner’s did from October through March.
In fact, manager Joe Girardi said Ellsbury could return to the field Thursday night when the Yankees host the Rays.
“It has felt better the last few days,” Ellsbury said. “I’m happy it was nothing worse. Fortunate.”
Ellsbury had treatment on the wrist Tuesday and was slated to have the team’s training staff examine it. Girardi said Ellsbury would do tee and toss work in the cage on Wednesday, after which he may take batting practice if his wrist feels good.
Nathan Eovaldi pitched four innings (59 pitches) in a game against Blue Jays’ minor-leaguers at the Yankees complex Tuesday afternoon, allowing three runs on three hits, all coming on a home run in the second inning. “Ended up getting first and third, ambushed a fastball and I gave up a three-run bomb,” Eovaldi said. “Other than that, it was good. Working on fastball to both sides of the plate. I was accurate. I didn’t walk anybody, just those three hits in the second.”
Eovaldi was particularly pleased with the action on his splitter, which has given him trouble at times.
“I was able to locate the fastball well, I elevated, and the split was really good — a lot better than it has been,” Eovaldi said. “I’ve been kind of cutting it off lately, and it’s back to where I want it.”
Masahiro Tanaka will make the long trip across the state to Viera Wednesday, where the Yankees play a 5:05 p.m. game against the Nationals. … Brett Gardner is the only everyday player on the travel roster. He’ll be playing in back-to-back games for the first time this spring.