As expected the Red Sox have activated Jacoby Ellsbury from the disabled list for tonight’s game after the center fielder missed the past 79 games with a partially dislocated shoulder.
To make room on the roster for Ellsbury’s return the Red Sox designated journeyman pitcher Justin Germano for assignment. Ellsbury hit just .185 on a seven-game rehab assignment in the minors, although he did homer once and double twice in 27 at-bats.
There’s been speculation that the Red Sox will trade an outfielder and general manager Ben Cherington admitted that he’s open to doing so, but they may wait until Carl Crawford also returns to actually make a move.
In the meantime they finally have their leadoff man back.
We’re still in the third inning of NLCS Game 5 but the Dodgers are walloping the Cubs thus far, leading 7-0. Outfielder Enrique Hernandez has driven in five of those runs on a solo home run in the second inning and a grand slam in the third.
The other runs came on Cody Bellinger‘s RBI double in the first and Justin Turner‘s RBI single in the second.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to start the third inning, chasing starter Jose Quintana from the game. Hector Rondon entered in relief and struck out Logan Forsythe, revealing some light at the end of the tunnel. But his first-pitch slider to Hernandez caught too much of the plate and Hernandez drove it out to right-center field for a grand slam.
Hernandez has had two two-homer games in the regular season, on July 17 this year and April 15 last year. He has never had a five-RBI game. Hernandez’s home run in the second marked his first career postseason home run and RBI as well.
FanGraphs has the Dodgers’ win probability for this game at 96 percent. Clayton Kershaw is on the hill. It’s looking like they’re going to clinch the National League pennant tonight, but there’s still six innings left. We’ve seen big leads evaporate this postseason.