Jacoby Ellsbury is already missing the beginning of Spring Training and it is likely that will mean he will start the 2019 season on the injured list.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Saturday that the oft-injured outfielder, who is battling plantar fasciitis, is not running on flat ground and that he will not arrive to Spring Training until mid-to-late March.
"At the earliest he could be here is mid-to-late March, so we're probably looking at a start on the DL," Cashman told reporters. "That doesn't mean we are (looking at the IL to start) yet, but just in terms of timing it could be."
Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed the new injury earlier in the week and acknowledged Ellsbury would not be with the team at the start of Spring Training.
Cashman said that the Yankees are sending the team's physical therapist to Arizona to work with Ellsbury until he is ready to report to Tampa.
Ellsbury, 35, did not play last season due to a variety of injuries and was ultimately shut down when he had to undergo hip surgery.
His current injury spurred while rehabbing from the hip surgery, but Cashman was adamant Ellsbury can return and be a big part of the Yankees' plans.
"I believe when he is healthy, he'll be back and show us what he is capable of doing," Cashman said. "I have been told by doctors, that that's the case and that we should see the player we are used to seeing."
Ellsbury is owed $47.5 million through the 2020 season, making it a difficult contract to move, but Cashman added, "what's in his best interests will be in our best interestes."