Earlier tonight, I briefed you all on an injury Jacoby Ellsbury suffered against the Rays. More information has come in, and it’s not good for the Red Sox: Ellsbury reportedly has a dislocated shoulder, and will miss a minimum of six weeks. This is awful for the Red sox, who are already without Carl Crawford and Ryan Kalish.
There’s no word yet on whether or not the dislocation or partial dislocation also features any tears of muscles, tendons, or Ellsbury’s rotator cuff. Any damage to those parts of the shoulder would result in him missing more than six weeks, possibly the rest of the season depending on the severity of the injury. As I also mentioned earlier today, the immediate replacement for Ellsbury on Boston’s roster is Che-Hsuan Lin, who was scratched from AAA Pawtucket’s game tonight. Lin would likely take up the fourth outfielder role on Boston’s roster, with Darnell McDonald starting in left, Cody Ross in center, and Ryan Sweeney in right, which was the alignment on Friday after Ellsbury left the game.
At any rate, Ellsbury was pretty much the one player Boston didn’t need to get hurt. He was the team’s MVP in 2011, and there’s no immediate adequate backup for him with the injuries to Kalish and Crawford. Crawford should be back in a couple of weeks though, which would shift McDonald back to the Red Sox bench. But if Crawford isn’t able to rebound from his disastrous 2011 season, Boston might be wondering if they’d be better off starting McDonald instead of Crawford with Ellsbury out.