In tough position after Cameron is scratched
Standing at his locker after yesterday’s game, Bill Hall said, “Coming into the season, center field is probably the last place I thought I would have to go and play.’’
That’s because the Sox have depth in center with Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury. At the moment, they have only Hall, who last played center regularly in 2007.
Hall was not in the lineup initially, but Cameron was scratched around 9 a.m. and went to Massachusetts General Hospital with symptoms similar to the kidney stones he had last week.
“He’s been there all day,’’ manager Terry Francona said after the game. “He had the CT scan. We think [it] ruled out more stones. So he’s in a tube now. Got multiple doctors trying to figure out what’s going on. We don’t know. He’s been there all day.’’
With Ellsbury’s continuing pain in his left chest area, the Sox are in a predicament. Hall did not look comfortable in center yesterday. The Sox likely will have to place either Cameron or Ellsbury on the disabled list and bring up Josh Reddick from Pawtucket.
“That’s something that Theo [Epstein] and I are going to talk about,’’ Francona said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty going on right now. So we’ll probably continue to talk tonight.’’
Ellsbury said the soreness in his chest is gradually going away, but a “stabbing pain’’ remains and he continues to have difficulty breathing. He has been taking swings in the batting cage. Francona said today is key in evaluating his progress.
“We’re hoping to have a pretty aggressive day,’’ Francona said. “Try to swing the bat a little bit more aggressive.’’
Ellsbury couldn’t even predict when he might return.
“I wish it would have been a little quicker, but it’s just one of those things that just needs rest,’’ he said. “It’s hard to say [whether the DL might be necessary]. I’m hoping that I wake up, feel a little bit better.’’
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.