Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – The New York Yankees had a pair of key injured players back for Wednesday’s game against the Oakland Athletics after reinstating center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller from the 15-day disabled list.
Ellsbury, out since May 20 due to a sprained right knee, was slotted in the leadoff spot for Wednesday’s contest. Miller has been sidelined since June 10 with a forearm strain.
Both players were having strong seasons prior to hitting the DL. Miller has converted all 17 of his save opportunities and owns a 1.03 ERA in 26 appearances, while Ellsbury was batting .324 with a .412 on-base percentage and 14 stolen bases at the time of his injury.
Ellsbury prepped for his return by playing in four rehab games with the Yankees’ Class-A affiliate in Tampa, though he managed just two hits in 13 at- bats. Miller threw a scoreless inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre on Monday.
To clear spots on the active roster, the Yankees optioned outfielder Ramon Flores and pitcher Nick Rumbelow to Scranton/Wilkes Barre.