Jacoby Ellsbury’s foot injury may be a lot worse than initially expected. The injury occurred during a game August 28th when Ellsbury fouled a ball off his foot. The Center fielder has returned to Boston to have an MRI and several other tests.
Ellsbury has played in 7 of the Red Sox last 8 games, but sat out last night’s come-from-behind victory over the Yankees that saw Boston score 9 runs combined in the 7th and 8th innings. Ellsbury has been in a walking boot to help protect the injured foot.
Jackie Bradley Jr. has been called-up from the minors to help in the meantime, and is starting in center field Saturday against the Yankees. Bradley has hit just .155 in 66 plate appearances this season.
“I don’t think we’re looking at something that is just day to day here,” Red sox manager Farrell said Saturday, according to a report from ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes. “But before we get into any kind of time frame, I think what’s probably best for all involved here is to wait until we get more conclusive evidence and information.”
The bone involved is the navicular, the same bone Dustin Pedroia injured in 2010. The fear is that the bone is fractured, which obviously would not be good news for the Red Sox or Ellsbury, who leads Major League Baseball in steals at 52 for the season.