After a magical season in 2011, Jacoby Ellsbury, Navajo and member of the Colorado River Indian Tribe, has spent much of this season rehabbing from a shoulder injury suffered on April 13. Ellsbury had his shoulder smashed by the weight of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac, and fans of the superstar Red Sox centerfielder were worried this season would be a repeat of 2010, when he played in only 18 games.
The good news was Ellsbury’s injury was as bad as feared (it turned out to be a partially dislocated right shoulder), and just yesterday Ellsbury found himself in the lineup…of a minor league game, but in a lineup all the same, in the Gulf Coast League. Ellsbury batted leadoff and went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI double.
Also playing in that Gulf Coast League game was Ellsbury’s teammate, Carl Crawford. Crawford is recovering from a sprained ligament in his left elbow that has kept him out of the Red Sox lineup all season.
There’s still a long road ahead for both Ellsbury and Crawford. They’ll have to play in a lot more minor league games, getting their at-bats to rebuild their timing at the plate. It is likely both will join the team sometime after the All-Star break.