BOSTON -- A scary moment occurred for the Boston Red Sox in the bottom of the seventh inning as center fielder and leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury was in obvious pain after fouling a ball off his right foot.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, preliminary X-rays taken on Ellsbury’s foot were negative after Boston’s 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
"I plan on being in there tomorrow," Ellsbury said.
Ellsbury wears a shin guard on his right ankle, but it has a split in it to allow his foot to flex during an at-bat and that’s where the ball hit him.
Manager John Farrell and a team trainer tended to Ellsbury, who remained in the game. He then provided a one-out infield single to put runners on the corners with Boston trailing 3-1.
When Ellsbury reached first base, Farrell and the trainer checked on him again before deciding the speedster would remain in the game given the situation.
Ellsbury stole second base, his second swipe of the night and 49th of the season.
"I knew I could get it, it was just a matter of going. The foot was throbbing but I knew it was a big run, a big situation and I knew I had to get into scoring position. Just tried to drive that run across and fortunately we did," he said.
"Obviously it didn’t feel good at all," Ellsbury said of running the bases. "But obviously it was a big point of the game and I knew we had to get into scoring position. When Pedroia hit that ball, there was only one thing and that was to score."