Jacoby Ellsbury Rehabs with PawSox
Following two rehab outings with Double-A Portland, Red Sox All-Star Jacoby Ellsbury begins a rehab stint with the PawSox tonight from McCoy Stadium where he will leadoff and play center field.
Friday night Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with a double and scored a run in what turned out to be a play at the plate. Prior to a scheduled day off Thursday, Ellsbury went 1-for-5 Wednesday night with the Sea Dogs. Before his time with Portland, he played in seven games in Ft. Myers with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.
It seems like forever ago, but in a two-hit effort on Fenway Park’s Opening Day, Ellsbury suffered a dislocated shoulder after Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac landed on his shoulder. He’s been sidelined from Boston ever since.
Carl Crawford was speculated to join Ellsbury in Pawtucket, but a tweaked left groin has delayed his rehab assignment. According to RedSox.com, Bobby Valentine has “characterized the decision to stop Crawford’s current rehab stint as preventative.”
Meanwhile, yet another All-Star, Clay Buchholz, is scheduled to start Sunday’s game at McCoy against Syracuse. According to the same article, Buchholz “is on track to return to Boston’s rotation during a three-game series on the road vs. the Rays that begins on Friday.”
Buchholz last pitched for the Red Sox on June 19 before suffering a stomach illness which resulted in a short stay at the hospital and being placed on the disable list.