The Boston Red Sox were without Jacoby Ellsbury last night,
as the outfielder was nursing a wrist injury that he suffered during Sunday’s
weekend finale against the Los Angeles Angels, according to Jacob Thrope of
Manager John Farrell told reporters that Ellsbury sustained
the wrist injury during his final at-bat Sunday. He was able to make it through
the game, but the wrist was “pretty sore” afterwards. The Red Sox opted to play
it safe and give the center fielder the night off.
"In his second to last at-bat [Sunday] night, he felt
some irritation in the left wrist. He was able to get through last night, was
pretty sore afterwards, and has reported today with similar feelings,"
manager John Farrell said. "Rather than risk anything further, we're
giving him a day out just to receive treatment."
The Red Sox do not consider the injury to be significant, as
there is currently no plan for further testing or X-rays. Boston is hoping the
basic treatment Ellsbury received and a night off is enough to do the trick and
return him to their lineup.
While Ellsbury got off to a slow start to the season, he’s
been on a tear lately. He’s in the midst of a 17-game hitting streak, over
which he’s batting .389. He’s also been nearly unstoppable on the base paths,
collecting a league-leading 36 stolen bases in 39 attempts.
To replace Ellsbury in the lineup, the Red Sox used Daniel
Nava in center with Mike Carp and Jonny Gomes manning the corners. Veteran
outfielder Shane Victorino is recovering from a sore hamstring, but Farrell said
he was available in case of emergency.
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