NEW YORK - FILE: Jacoby Ellsbury #46 of the Boston Red Sox dives for a ball hit by Mark Teixeira (not pictured) of the New York Yankees in the third inning on September 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Ellsbury was named the American League 2011 Players Choice Awards Comeback Player of the Year on November 3, 2011. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox got a much needed win today in their home opener against the Rays, but that wasn't the story of the day for the club. If you didn't watch the game, or haven't heard yet, Jacoby Ellsbury injured his shoulder early in the game and had to leave. The Red Sox public relations department called it a shoulder injury, but didn't offer much more on the extent of the injury.
However, according to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Ellsbury has a dislocation or partial dislocation of his shoulder that will cause him to miss at least six weeks - maybe more. This is a huge blow to the team, especially given other injuries that are already hurting the club. The Red Sox are now looking at a Darnell McDonald-Cody Ross-Ryan Sweeney outfield.
The injury happened when Ellsbury attempted a take out slide into second base on what was a inning-ending-double-play-ball. Rays shortstop Reid Brignac fell onto Ellsbury as a result, and the 28 year old left the game after being attended to by the team's training staff.