Jacoby Ellsbury out of lineup after being hit by pitch in back

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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.

Angels sign Chris Carter to minor league contract

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The Angels have signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a minor league contract, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports notes that Carter will earn a $1.175 million salary if he makes the major league roster and he can earn another $600,000 in incentives.

Carter, 31, struggled mightily with the Yankees last year before being released in July. He hit .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 208 plate appearances. The Athletics signed him later that month, but spent the rest of his season with Triple-A Nashville.

The Angels dealt C.J. Cron to the Rays on Saturday, so Carter helps add depth in that area.