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Tests come back negative on Ellsbury's calf

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An MRI on Jacoby Ellsbury's tight right calf showed no damage and the New York Yankees are hopeful that the outfielder will return by Opening Day.

Ellsbury, who signed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees during the winter, last played in a spring-training game a week ago.

"We got good news today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in an exhibition game on Thursday night in Fort Myers, Fla.

"Our people decided to take a precautionary MRI to make sure there wasn't anything there, and it came back negative. Everything is great."

Ellsbury is batting .174 with one home in 23 at-bats this spring. Despite Ellsbury's history of injuries, Girardi does not expect an extended recovery. He hopes the 30-year-old Ellsbury can return this weekend or early next week, but the team will not rush him back.

"We want to get him out there," Girardi said. "We got to get him ready for the season. For us, as soon as we can get him out there, we'll get him out there."

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