Yankees OF Jacoby Ellsbury saw diminished playing time and suffered injuries last season, but he is determined to make the most of his opportunities in spring training.
"Every year you come in and compete," Ellsbury said, according to the New York Post. "Never one year has the lineup been made already in my 10 years in the big leagues. Everyone comes in and works hard. There is not a lineup card made up yet. That's how I look at it."
Ellsbury faces competition from others such as Aaron Hicks, who ultimately split time with Ellsbury as both filled in for one another when they suffered injuries last season. With a crowded outfield amid the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, manager Aaron Boone recently indicated that several players would be vying for playing time in center field.
"We've got a lot of guys signed up to play center,'' Boone said, according to the New York Post.
The soon-to-be 35-year-old Ellsbury does not believe his days in the big leagues are numbered. "I know I have a ton of baseball left," Ellsbury said. "Just excited to go out there and play. That's really about it."
In 112 games last season, Ellsbury hit .264 with 39 RBIs and seven homers.