The Yankees may not be on the hook for all of the $26 million they owe Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Post has learned, according to several people with knowledge of the situation, the Yankees are attempting to recoup some of the money by filing a grievance because Ellsbury used an outside facility to rehab injuries that kept him off the field for the past two seasons.
Ellsbury, who hasn’t played since the 2017 season due to several physical issues that included hip surgery in August 2018, was released by the Yankees on Wednesday night to make room for prospects on the 40-man roster.
When Ellsbury clears waivers, he will be officially released and the final leg of a seven-year, $153 million deal he signed before the 2014 season will be terminated.
The 36-year-old Ellsbury, meanwhile, is preparing to do something he hasn’t done in more than two years: play in a big-league game.
Ellsbury’s contract for 2020 is $21 million and there is a $5 million buyout on a $21 million option in 2021, which means he will clear waivers and become a free agent.
Ellsbury hasn’t played in the majors since Game 4 of the 2017 ALCS against the Astros, when he was a pinch runner.
He missed all of…