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BOSTON (CBS) – Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday night’s win over the Orioles in the top of the eighth inning after fouling a pitch off his right foot the inning before, but the Red Sox center fielder said he doesn’t plan on missing any time.
“I plan on being in there tomorrow,” Ellsbury said following Boston’s 4-3 come from behind win over Baltimore.
X-Rays after the game were negative, but manager John Farrell said his leadoff man will be re-examined on Thursday.
Ellsbury, who wears a shin guard on his right ankle, remained in the game after fouling a Francisco Rodriguez offering off his right foot. He was checked by Farrell and the team trainer at the plate and remained in the game, and reached base on an infield single. There was more checking on Ellsbury when the Orioles made a pitching change, but it was determined he was good to stay in, and it paid off for Boston.
Ellsbury quickly stole second for his league-leading 49th steal of the season, and two batters later, scored the tying run on Dustin Pedroia’s two-run double.
Despite the pain, Ellsbury knew he had to get into scoring position when he was sitting on first.
“It obviously didn’t feel good at all, but obviously it was a big point in the game and I know we had to get in scoring position, and when Pedroia hit that ball, there was only one thing and that was to score,” he said.
Ellsbury finished the game 2-for-3 before being replaced by Jonny Gomes, and is batting .298 atop the Boston lineup.