Friday, December 13, 2013
According to media reports out of Seattle, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that rehabbing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury could join the Portland Sea Dogs on Tuesday.
Ellsbury, who suffered a separated shoulder on April 13, is currently playing games for the rookie Gulf Coast League in Florida. He is scheduled to play one more game there today.
Tuesday is the last day of the Sea Dogs' current home stand (they play a 6 p.m. doubleheader today).
After Tuesday, Ellsbury would likely stay with Portland when the Sea Dogs go to nearby Manchester, N.H. to start a series with the Fisher Cats on Wednesday.
This would be the second rehab stint for Ellsbury, who was trying to comeback from broken ribs in 2010.
Ellsbury first came to Portland as a touted prospect in 2006 season. He helped the Sea Dogs win their only Eastern League championship that year. He returned to Portland in 2007 but soon left for Triple-A. He eventually reached the majors this year.
Having Ellsbury join the Sea Dogs again would be interesting because his possible successor, Jackie Bradley Jr., was just promoted to Portland.
Now for the plug, if you haven't read Sunday's feature on Bradley. Check out the On Baseball column.
Bradley (batting .364 in Portland) went 2-for-4 Sunday with a sacrifice fly ... Jeremy Hazelbaker (.255) remained hot with a 2-for-4 game, including a triple.
Drake Britton had a fine start for the Sea Dogs. Two batters into the sixth inning, Britton had allowed 2 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, and struck out six. He then gave up a double and walk, and left the game ... Reliever Aaron Kurcz gave up a 3-run homer, with two of the runs charged to Britton.
In Triple-A, Daniel Bard experienced his third straight blown save (1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K) ... Billy Buckner had the start for the PawSox (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K).
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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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