Ugly scene in Boston this afternoon as Jacoby Ellsbury was forced to leave the game after suffering an apparent shoulder injury.
After singling to right field with one out in the fourth inning, Ellsbury was on first base a Dustin Pedroia faced Rays reliever Burke Badenhop. Ellsbury took off for second on a 3-2 pitch which Pedroia bounced right back up the middle.
Rays shortstop Reid Brignac fielded the grounder and stepped on second to force Ellsbury. After relaying the ball on to first to complete the inning-ending double play, Ellsbury slide hard into Briggy Baseball.
Brignac came down hard on Ellsbury’s shoulder, causing the Red Sox centerfielder to scream out in pain. The trainer -waived onto the field immediately by Rays second baseman Jeff Keppinger – appeared to be working on Ellsbury’s collarbone. Scary stuff.
Ellsbury is nothing short of crucial to the Red Sox success in 2012 after posting a near-MVP year in 2011. The Sox have enough problems right now, losing Ellsbury for a prolonged period is not good for business in Boston.
Update: GIF below the jump.