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Native Brief: BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Red Sox Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo, was injured last night in a 12-2 home opener victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. He was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital in what manager Bobby Valentine described as a lot of pain.
Ellsbury 2nd Base Collide
Ellsbury was placed on the 15 day Disabled List, DL, with a subluxed shoulder. This is a minor dislocation usually requiring 4-6 weeks of recovery. Additional damage however, could mean missing months of play.
The injury occurred in a 4th inning attempt to break up a Tampa Bay double play. Tampa Bay short stop, Reid Brignac, fell on the center fielder's shoulder while covering second base. The play was pretty standard with no apparent foul play involved.
While on the DL it appears the Red Sox will bring up Che-Hsuan Lin from their Triple AAA team in Pawtucket. As a key ingredient to the Red Sox offensive line up, Ellsbury's removal could hinder a victory over the Yankees this season.
After a slow 3 of 23 at bats start this season, Ellsbury left the game going 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. He hit .321 with 32 homers, 105 RBIs and 119 runs scored in last year's break out season and finished second in the MVP race to the Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander.
posted April 14, 2012 3:50 pm edt
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