Jacoby Ellsbury is out of tonight’s lineup against the Royals after he was hit in the back by a pitch in the top of the eighth inning last night. He stayed in the game to run the bases and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Adrian Gonzalez, but was replaced in center field in the bottom-half of the inning.
According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Ellsbury underwent an MRI which ruled out any structural damage. The American League MVP candidate is considered day-to-day with a contusion.
Ellsbury, 27, is batting .313/.370/.517 with 22 homers, 79 RBI and an .887 OPS over 560 plate appearances this season. He ranks third in the American League with 33 stolen bases, third with 89 runs scored and is tied for third with 158 hits.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.