Jacoby Ellsbury injures shoulder in Red Sox victory over Rays
The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a rough start for the second season in a row and, despite a home opening day victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, it just got worse. Star centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury injured his right shoulder during Friday’s 12-2 victory.
Ellsbury’s injury happened during the bottom of the fourth inning. He was trying to stop a double play as he slid into second base. The former All-Star was in grimacing in pain, gripping his right arm. MLB.com notes that Ellsbury immediately left the game and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital. “He didn’t look like he was very comfortable. Ells is pretty tough. Hopefully he’s all right. He finished second in the MVP [race] last year. He’s a superstar. We definitely need him in our lineup,” Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who hit into the double play, said after the game. Cody Ross played center for the remainder of the game, Manager Bobby Valentine said that they may call up an outfielder from the minors for Saturday’s game.
According to ESPN, the Sox AAA club, Pawtucket, scratched Che-Hsuan Lin from their scheduled Friday game in Rochester, NY.
There was no immediate word from the team, but after the game, team sources told the media that it didn’t look good. “It’s not good,” one source told Boston.com. A baseball source confirmed to the site that Ellsbury was diagnosed with a partially dislocated shoulder and could miss up to 6-8 weeks.
Ellsbury, who was an All-Star last season, has a .192 batting average on the season with five hits in seven games.
As for the rest of the game, it was an encouraging sign for starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who struggled in his first start this season. He pitched eight innings, giving up just five hits and one run. The Sox offense also took full advantage of the Rays’ bullpen weaknesses, scoring eight runs in the eighth inning.