BOSTON (CBS) – Jacoby Ellsbury had to leave the Red Sox home opener on Friday after injuring his shoulder in the bottom of the fourth inning.

WBZ has learned that he will miss a minimum of six weeks.

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The Red Sox center fielder was sliding into second as the Rays turned a double-play on a Dustin Pedroia grounder, when Tampa shortstop Reid Brignac came down hard on Ellsbury’s right shoulder.

Ellsbury was down on the field in pain as team trainers tended to him.

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He was taken to the hospital after the game.

Ryan Sweeney entered the game for Ellsbury, with Cody Ross moved from right field to center and Sweeney taking over at right.

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Ellsbury was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI prior to the injury.