UPDATE: After the game, Ellsbury updated his condition, and it seems as if he should be fine.
“I just stepped on the base and kind of rolled my ankle a little bit,” said Ellsbury. “It just got a little tight, but it’s nothing of a concern. … The way I feel, I feel good about it.”
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was forced to leave today’s spring game against the Philadelphia Phillies after he appeared to injure his ankle while sliding back into first base.
Ellsbury out of the game after rolling what looked to be his ankle last inning in awkward dive back into first.
— Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) March 24, 2013
Ellsbury, who has played in 15 games this spring, recording a .250/.340/.341 line, is entering a contract year after avoiding arbitration with the club this off-season, agreeing to a $9 million salary. If the news isn’t great on his ankle, Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely make the 25-man roster and play centre come Opening Day.
That Jackie Bradley Junior homer off Cliff Lee totally happened.
— Drew FFF (@DrewGROF) March 24, 2013