The Boston Red Sox are looking for someone to help fill the leadoff spot with the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Red Sox placed Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with a partially dislocated right shoulder before Saturday’s game against rival Tampa Bay Rays.
The club recalled outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ellsbury’s spot on the roster. The 23-year-old Lin is in the big leagues for the first time. He was 3 for 20 in six games with Pawtucket this season.
Ellsbury, the runner-up in last year’s A.L. MVP voting, injured the shoulder sliding into second in Friday’s 12-2 win in the home opener.
Last season Ellsbury batted .321 with 32 homers, 105 RBIs and led the majors with 364 total bases – the most since Bobby Bonds did it with the San Francisco Giants in 1973.
Rays shortstop Reid Brignac fell on his shoulder after making a throw to first to complete a double play.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Ellsbury was examined Friday night and will continue to be looked at. He didn’t give a timetable for the outfielder’s return.
Ellsbury also was the Red Sox player to steal 30 bases (39) and hit 30 homers.
The outfielder was not seen in the clubhouse before the game, but tweeted “Thanks for all the well wishes. Sublexed (partially dislocated) my right shoulder in yesterday’s game. No timetable set, working hard to get back as soon as possible.”
Giants closer Wilson likely needs surgery
Giants closer Brian Wilson is likely headed for surgery on his right elbow after an MRI showed structural damage and an issue with the ligament, and his season could be in jeopardy.
Manager Bruce Bochy and athletic trainer Dave Groeschner say the club will seek more opinions, including one from the renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who performs Tommy John surgeries.
Wilson, who led the majors with 48 saves in 2010, already had Tommy John surgery in college.
The Detroit Tigers activated IF Brandon Inge from the 15-day disabled list … Tigers starter Adam Wilk left Saturday’s game against the White Sox after being hit in his pitching shoulder by a foul ball … Carlos Gonzalez has strep throat and is out of the lineup for Colorado’s game against Arizona. … Chipper Jones missed his second straight start because of swelling in his left knee but expected to be available to pinch-hit. … The Minnesota Twins claimed outfielder Clete Thomas off waivers.
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