Jacoby Ellsbury rejoins Red Sox after missing 79 games

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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.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.