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2014 Fantasy Baseball: Don’t Worry About OF Jacoby Ellsbury’s Injury

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The New York Yankees spent a whopping $471 million dollars this off-season bringing in new talent. The signed several big names free agents, including former Boston Red Sox outfielder, Jacoby Ellsbury.

As a result of his arrival in the Bronx, Ellsbury  has become a very popular fantasy baseball option this spring. He has crept into the first round and has quickly become one of the most sought after outfielders in each draft.

Ellsbury has really struggled this spring, though. He is hitting just .174 this spring with four hits, one home run, and two doubles in 23 at-bats. It hasn’t exactly been the start that most Yankees fans expected from the veteran.

Unfortunately, the outfielder has been dealing with some leg pain and was recently forced to have a MRI on his right calf in a Tampa hospital. Ellsbury’s calf has been bothering him for some time, but luckily the results cam back negative and the speedy outfielder won’t miss much more action moving forward.

Ellsbury has always had problems staying healthy throughout his career. He missed 144 games back in 2010, 88 games in 2012, and 28 games last season. The speedster will always come with a small amount of injury concern, but his numbers last year (.298, 52 SBs, 92 runs) are simply too good to ignore.

Ellsbury will likely be in the lineup for Opening Day and he should have an another stellar fantasy season. So if you are on the fence about drafting Ellsbury early this spring, don’t let his minor calf injury deter you from calling out his name.

 

 

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.