Ellsbury plans to play after foul off foot

Ellsbury plans to play after foul off foot
August 28, 2013, 11:45 pm
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BOSTON - The Red Sox' 4-3 comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles wasn't without its anxious moments -- Jacoby Ellsbury left the game after the bottom of the seventh inning, soon after fouling a ball off his foot.
     
Ellsbury was at the plate with a runner on second and one out in the seventh when he struck a pitch that managed to nick him just below a protective shin guard he was wearing.
     
"It found an opening,'' said John Farrell. "The flouroscan here showed it was negative. We'll certainly examine him when he comes in
[Thursday]. If, overnight, there's additional pain or swelling, we'll take every precaution needed.
    
"But hopefully, this is a short-term thing. He's been so important to us.''
     
Ellsbury eventually reached base with an infield single, sending Stephen Drew to third, and then later stole second, his 49th steal of
the season, and came around to score the tying run on Dustin Pedroia's single.
     
When the inning was over, Ellsbury didn't go out to his position for the top of the eighth, as Shane Victorino moved over from right to take over in center.
     
"After he scored,'' said Farrell, "at that point, the pain and the soreness wasn't going away, so for precuationary [reasons], we just got him off his feet at that point.''
     
"I plan on being in there [Thursday],'' said Ellsbury. "Obviously, I didn't feel good at all, but obviously, it was a big point in the game and I knew we had to get into scoring position. When Pedroia hit that ball, there was only one thing and that was to score.''
     
Ellsbury ignored the pain after reaching on the single and took off for second, successfully swiping his 49th bag.
     
"I knew I could get it,'' he said. "It was just a matter of going.

"The foot was throbbing but I knew it was a big run, a big situation and I knew I had to get into scoring position.''
     
Ellsbury is now one stolen base away from his third 50-steal season. In Red Sox history, Tommy Harper is the only other player to steal 50 bases, and he did it once.