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Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game after injuring right shoulder

Apr 13, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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Jacoby Ellsbury left today’s game against the Rays in the fourth inning with his right arm dangling at his side after colliding with Reid Brignac while trying to break up a double play.

Ellsbury slid into second base, Brignac fell on top of him, and things didn’t look very good as the Red Sox center fielder walked off the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.

Ryan Sweeney replaced Ellsbury in the lineup, with Cody Ross shifting from right field to center field. And obviously losing Ellsbury for an extended period would be a huge blow to the Red Sox as they try to get on track following a 1-5 start.

(Screen shot via Jason Collette of Baseball Prospectus.)

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Just as the Red Sox are starting to look like themselves again….%$@%&$#

    • rpb1234 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:18 PM

      So, I say that the RS fans and media give him at least 1week before calling him soft and weak for not returning yet. John Henry and Lucciino are probably crafting their smear campaign already to blame Ellsbury for the poor season so far. Look for the scoop from Gammons in days

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        The media probably will, but the fans won’t by it.

    • brian32556 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      1943mrmojorisin1971 – Apr 13, 2012 at 3:54 PM
      Just as the Red Sox are starting to look like themselves again….%$@%&$#
      You mean the team that didn’t win a WS in 86 years! BOSTON SUCKS!!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:49 PM

        I was thinking of the team that won 90 games last year.

      • brian32556 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        …and then folded down the stretch like a cheap pair of slacks, or the team that hadn’t won a WS in86 years.

  2. Ari Collins - Apr 13, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Pete Abe said it looks like he hurt his shoulder, though the WEEI guys said he was holding his elbow. I’ll trust you and Pete Abe, and hold my breath to see how serious it is.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      Certainly looked like his shoulder.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

      Pete’s usually on the ball…if it’s the shoulder, that could spell serious trouble.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Remy just said the Sox announced it’s his right shoulder. Not great, but let’s hope for the best.

  3. aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Oh, COME ON!!

    This is just un-friggin’-believable.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Ouch! Could be very devastating especially combined with Crawford’s extended stay on the DL Ellsbury’s BA had been below the Mendoza line but he had a couple of hits in the game.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      True, but being below the Mendoza line doesn’t mean much this early in the season.

      Still not welcome news, that’s for sure.

      • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        As a Red Sox fan, do you think that Shoppach should be the every day catcher?

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        It certainly would appear to be the best bet.

        Salty may NEVER develop into the player that Theo thought he was. It’s getting late to keep relying on him. We also have Lavernway waiting in the wings.

        I say go with Shoppach for a week or two and see what happens. Beckett certainly seemed to thrive pitching to him.

  5. spindervish - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This is getting re-goddam-diculous.

  6. hittfamily - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    I tore my labrum in a very similiar play. My shoulder dislocated though, and his didn’t appear to. Hopefully it is just a strain. His elbow was on the ground at a 90 degree angle to his body. When Brignac landed on him, Ellsburys shoulder took all the weight. Bravity dictated his body go down, but his arm said otherwise. The ligaments and capsule in his shoulder got tugged on, and hopefully they didn’t snap.

    This coming from a Rays fan. I want to go to the playoffs, but I want to beat the best.

    • hittfamily - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:29 PM


  7. hojo20 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I got Ryan Sweeney in my fantasy league. Now he’ll have more AB’s.

  8. Kanonen80 - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    I haven’t seen a video yet – so how did Jacoby wind up being headfirst towards the bag? He didn’t dive in head first to break up the double play, did he?

    • sabatimus - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      If I remember correctly, he slid feet first and went a little past the bag (a decent job trying to break up the dp), but Brignac ran into his left arm first, so Ellsbury got turned over, and then Brignac landed hard on Ellsbury’s right shoulder and basically mashed it into the dirt. Looked really ugly.

    • jimbo1949 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Feet-first and past the bag, right field view.

  9. telergy - Apr 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    That’s broken dude. Similar to how dlinemen fall on qbs shoulders

  10. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Yanks win and Ellsbury might be seriously injured? Great news all around.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Your comment was straight from the Gregg Williams playbook.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Celebrating a guy’s injury? You stay classy, New York.

  11. sabatimus - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Ellsbury was actually holding his right arm horizontal to the ground when he was walking off the field–an indication that he wanted the shoulder to be as immobilized as possible (and reduce pain). Looked bad. I’m betting a dislocation or breakage 😦

  12. ezthinking - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Video of it here.

  13. vasteelerfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Classy and NYC fans? Never happen. IQ of NYC is the same as the interstate passing thru it.

    • bigharold - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

      Like RS fans never say anything stupid?

      I guess that’s why the same Interstate passes through BOTH cities.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      495? Sweet!

      In all seriousness, randygnyc is a jackass and not particularly representative of Yankee fans on this blog. According to Youk, Ellsbury said he felt something move in his shoulder. No bueno. Hopefully it’s *just* a small dislocation, but chances are Ellsbury’s on the shelf for a while.

  14. vasteelerfan - Apr 13, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Big harold you are spot on but stupid is as stupid does. Nyc is not as great as stupid thinks and stupid never thinks before speaking.

    • rpb1234 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

      You are just as much of an idiot as the NYY fan cheering for the injury

  15. gotampabay52 - Apr 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Fragile-bury and wristy-crawford injury bug is back in beantown nice love that bug

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