Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the Red Sox on Friday night after a 90-day absence due to a partially dislocated right shoulder. He was 1 for 5 with a single in a 3-1 victory against the Rays. Ellsbury, understandably, looked rusty. He struck out twice and grounded into a double play. Ellsbury was injured April 13 when he slid into Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac trying to break up a double play. Brignac landed on Ellsbury, causing the injury. The initial hope was that Ellsbury would be out 6-8 weeks. But it proved to be three months. "We feel comfortable," Ellsbury said before the game. "The doctors cleared me to play. They feel confident I should go out there and, you know, play to my abilities. Let my teammates see, the fans see. Nothing should change."
Ellsbury returns, expected to spark offense
Boston Globe | Jul 14