Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list due to a strained oblique, manager Aaron Boone told reporters on Monday.
Ellsbury, who has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1, sustained the injury two weeks ago. He had began doing soft toss and hitting off a tee last week, but did not take simulated at-bats on Monday as he was originally scheduled to do due to flu-like symptoms.
Boone said he has not yet decided how many outfielders the Yankees' 25-man roster will carry on Opening Day, leaving open the possibility that the team could bring another reliever.
Ellsbury, 34, had a .264/.348/.402 batting line with seven home runs and 39 RBIs in 112 games last season.