Ellsbury Activated, Hicks to DL, Bullpen + Outfield Reinforced

Ahead of tonight’s opener in Chicago, the Yankees made a flurry of roster moves to prepare themselves for the White Sox.

After missing more than a month with a concussion, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Fellow outfielder Aaron Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right oblique strain.

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The team also swapped reserve outfielders and relief pitchers. Mason Williams was sent down after appearing in five games, and so was lefty Tyler Webb after 2⅓ innings. Both were optioned to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Utility man Rob Refsnyder was recalled from AAA, and right-handed reliever Ronald Herrera was recalled from AA Trenton.

Hicks went down in the fourth inning Sunday, forcing the Yankees to use their only healthy bench player. Ellsbury returns after just 14 innings of rehab games. He went It is unclear if Ellsbury will start in the series opener tonight because the White Sox are starting a left-handed pitcher.

Williams was 4-for-16 (.250), while Webb did not allow a run. Refsnyder is currently 5-for-29 (.172) at the major league level. Herrera allowed two earned runs in two innings during his only MLB appearance June 14.

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