Former Madras High and Oregon State standout looks regain form after oblique strain.

KEITH ALLISON/CREATIVE COMMONS - Former Madras High standout Jacoby Ellsbury is entering his 12th season in the majors, and fifth with the New York Yankees.
Madras native Jacoby Ellsbury has not been on the field for the New York Yankees yet this season due to a strained right oblique.

He also missed some spring training due to flu like symptoms. Ellsbury was put on a 10-day disabled list on March 29. He did not play for most of the spring season due to his injury.

An article written by Lou DiPietro for YES Network has quoted Ellsbury saying, "You battle through stuff, but you know, I'm going to be better because of it," Ellsbury said. "Any time you go through something, you try and make the best of the situation. I dealt with this last year, but I'm excited to come in here this year and get ready to go."

The former Madras and Oregon State University star is guaranteed $21,142,857 for the next three seasons. Ellsbury signed a seven-year $153 million contract with the Yankees at the end of the 2013, beginning of the 2014 season.

Ellsbury, 34, is heading into his 12th season in the MLB. He played seven years with the Boston Red Sox and is heading into his fifth year with the Yankees. He hit .264, along with seven homers and 39 RBIs last year. He played in a total of 112 games. His strong start to the season was halted when he suffered a concussion May 24, 2017, as he crashed into the outfield wall while making a catch, and was on the disabled list for a month.

The current Yankee has a career batting average of .284, with 46.5 RBIs, and a 9.5 home run average.

Ellsbury will be battling against teammate Aaron Hicks for the starting position in center field.

YES Network continued to quote Ellsbury on his goals for the upcoming season; "Ultimately it's about winning, and doing whatever you can to help the team win," he said. "That's the best way to go about it. You just prepare every day like you're starting every game, that's really it."

"My biggest thing is just to try to lead by example, and do the right thing," Ellsbury said. "This group is young and super-talented, and they're really working hard, so I'm happy to be able to put on this uniform with them and help them however I can."

Ellsbury will look to stay healthy and help his team as much as possible for the upcoming MLB season which began March 29 and will end on Sept. 30.

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