Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is close to returning to Grapefruit League play soon but left open the possibility that the veteran outfielder could miss Opening Day.
"We're probably getting into that range where we're butting up against it," Boone said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch.
Ellsbury has been limited to just four spring training games so far due to an oblique strain he sustained on March 3. He has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, however Boone told reporters on Sunday that Ellsbury began doing some soft toss and hitting off a tee.
The 34-year-old Ellsbury, entering the fifth year of his seven-year deal, recorded a .264/.348/.402 batting line with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 112 games last season.