By Joe Haggerty
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KANSAS CITY Jacoby Ellsbury appeared to be okay after getting hit in the small of the back with a fastball in Friday nights win, but he wont be in the lineup for the Sox Saturday night against the Royals.
Ellsbury has missed only one of Bostons 124 games this season and was due for a rest anyway, and the fleet-footed centerfielder will miss at least one game with a giant, honking bruise stemming from an Everett Teaford fastball that caught him directly in the numbers. An MRI on his back came back negative and now it's a day-to-day injury with the outfielder hopeful he can play on Sunday.
Im sore," admitted Ellsbury, who said hes expecting hell be able to play Sundays series finale. "We just did some standard tests yesterday and everything came out the way we thought it would. Thats really it . . . theres nothing more to talk about. Ill resume normal activities today and well see how it goes."
Ellsbury finished out the half-inning by running the bases and scoring, but Sox manager Terry Francona pulled him from the game to start icing his back and getting treatment on the inflamed area. Francona said that Ellsbury will get treatment for the rest of the day on Saturday, and theyll give the ill-placed bruise a chance to calm down a bit while he works through the pain.
He was checked out just like you would check out anybody else. He got hit pretty good, said Francona. I spoke with the doctors and hes got a big, old-fashioned contusion on his back. Hes going to try to go down there and swing, and well see how loose he can get swinging. Well go by how he feels over the next couple of days.
It hurts. He got hit pretty hard.
Francona wasnt ruling out Ellsburys availability for Sunday afternoons series finale, but also cautioned that hes pretty sore, so well see. Darnell McDonald will replace Ellsbury in centerfield, batting eighth, and Marco Scutaro will hop into the leadoff spot normally occupied by the injured outfielder.