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.
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Never say never?
While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.
CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season.
For the full interview with Martinez, click here.
Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.
The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.
But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.
“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.
“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”
He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.
He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.
But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.
“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”