Ellsbury: Rolled ankle not a concern

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was removed from Sunday’s game with the Phillies as a precaution after injuring his right ankle when he slid into first base during a pick-off attempt in the first inning. Ellsbury was thrown out on an attempted steal of second immediately following the play.

Initially, the Red Sox media relations staff reported Ellsbury had jammed his heel but the center fielder said following the game that he had rolled his right ankle.

“I was trying to get in and beat the tag and I kind of rolled (the ankle),” Ellsbury said. “I just stepped on the base and rolled it.”

Ellsbury went out to play in center field in the top half of the second inning before Bryce Brentz pinch-hit for him in the bottom half. Shane Victorino moved over to center from right and Brentz took Victorino’s spot in right the following inning.

“It just got real tight, but it’s nothing of a concern,” Ellsbury said.

Ellsbury said if it had been a regular-season contest he would have continued playing.

“I told (Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson) ‘Hey, tape it up and let’s go,’ but they wanted to be cautious about it,” Ellsbury said.

Farrell said Ellsbury would be re-evaluated on Monday, but the Red Sox skipper was “cautiously optimistic” Ellsbury would be available for the rest of spring training after Monday’s contest against the Orioles and an off-day on Tuesday.