BOSTON -- Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who had just five hits in 36 at-bats, a .139 average, and has drawn just one walk over the last nine games, was dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order Sunday by manager Bobby Valentine.
Ellsbury has not started a game in the 6-hole since 2009. He hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat Sunday.
On July 16, this was the last tweet posted on owner John W. Henry's Twitter account:
"Jacoby and Carl on the field together. Finally. Should be a great second half."
It hasn't worked out that way. Carl Crawford has been traded, and the Red Sox are 20-32 in the 52 games since Ellsbury returned from a partially dislocated left shoulder. Perhaps he is still feeling the effects of that injury, although that did not appear to be the case in the eight games just before his slump, when he hit safely in all eight, batting .405 (15-for-37).
His overall batting line is .265/.300/.363/.662.
Here's the full lineup:
1. Ryan Kalish, RF
2. Scott Podsednik, LF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. James Loney, 1B
5. Cody Ross, DH
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
7. Mike Aviles, SS
8. Ryan Lavarnway, C
9. Pedro Ciriaco, 3B
SP -- Clay Buchholz, RHP