It’s been such a rough start for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 that even when they win something still goes wrong.
Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury partially dislocated his shoulder and could miss between six to eight weeks, according to the Boston Globe.
Last year’s runnerup for the AL MVP award suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Boston’s 12-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
In an attempt to break up a double play, the speedy outfielder slid into second base and Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on Ellsbury’s right arm.
“As soon as I landed on him, I knew something was not right,” Brignac said, according to ESPN Boston. “I could hear him and it didn’t sound—it sounded like a very painful thing.
“Hopefully things don’t go the way it looked like in the video,” David Ortiz said, according to the Boston Herald. “He’s our leadoff hitter. You’re not going to get any better by losing him for a while.”
There was no word from the Red Sox regarding the outfielder’s injury as of Saturday morning.
Friday’s win put Boston’s record at 2-5.
Ellsbury had a breakout year in 2011, hitting .321 with 32 home runs and 105 RBI. He also added 39 stolen bases. Ellsbury, 28, never even finished with double-digit home runs until last season. His best RBI total prior to the 2011 season, was 60 in 2009.
He finished second to Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander in the AL MVP voting.