Ellsbury out of lineup after Friday's HBP

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Ellsbury out of lineup after Friday's HBP

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins InsiderFollow @hackswithhaggs

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.

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Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

Wright extends scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings in Red Sox' 10-7 win over Pirates

The angst surrounding the David Price- and (possibly) Drew Pomeranz-less Red Sox starting rotation may have eased a little -- or a lot -- on Thursday.

Steven Wright extended his string of scoreless spring-training innings to 9 1/3 by blanking the Pirates for 4 1/3 innings in his third spring-traing start, leading the Sox to a 10-7 victory over the Pirates at SkyBlue Park.

Red Sox-Pirates box score

Wright allowed two hits -- the only two hits he's allowed this spring -- with one walk and three strikeouts.

Several of his pitching brethren, notably Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr., didn't fare nearly as well. (See box score above.) But the Sox -- using what may be their regular-season batting order for the first time -- bailed them out with a 16-hit attack, led by Dustin Pedroia (3-for-3, now hitting ,500 for the spring). Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and, yes, Pablo Sandoval each added two hits. Sandoval also drove in three runs and is now hitting .362.

Xander Bogaerts went 1-for-4 in his return to the Sox from the World Baseball Classic.

 

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

A hungry ballplayer: Ex-Sox prospect Moncada once ate 85 Twinkies in a week

This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.

Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, ate 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine

David Hastings, Moncada's agent, clarified to CSNNE that this was a one-time thing when Moncada first arrived in the U.S. Moncada had never had Twinkies before, Hastings said, so he was like "a kid in a candy store."

He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September. 

The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats — some of the best numbers anywhere.

Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.

Twinkies weren’t his only indulgence. 

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Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.

David Hastings reinforced to CSNNE that the message to Moncada was to invest in things that appreciate in value.