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.

Comments (10)

  1. I”m conflicted. As a Jays fan this is potentially good news. As a human being, this isn’t something I would wish on anyone.

    • I’m in the same boat. Felt kinda bad afterwards but I had a smile on my face when I first saw it on twitter.

      • Indeed, don’t want to see any player get injured and I feel bad for them but it’s nice that the other teams star players miss time every now and then.

  2. Nice job by Briggy finishing the little fellow off with gusto!

  3. HOW. DARE. YOU! Thief.

  4. Hate to see anyone get hurt, but why couldn’t it have been rat-boy?

  5. Is he on twitter? Need to find out what second base tastes like.

  6. If you choose to slide through the base to try and break up the double play you’re putting yourself at risk of this happening. Must be nice to have an older version of ellsbury, at least offensively in Carl Crawford if he comes back healthy and back to his pre 2011 self

    • Badenhop… wonder what his career BABIP is like.

      More seriously, I’m with Greg on this one. I realize there’s a century of precedent against this, but how is sliding through second to break up a double play not interference on the part of the baserunner? It just seems a little silly to risk serious injury by deliberately colliding with an opponent on the basepaths.

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