Ellsbury injures right ankle; leaves game

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury left the game in the second inning, after jamming his right heel trying to get back to first base on a pickoff throw in the first inning.

The Red Sox announced that Ellsbury left the game for precautionary reasons. He will be re-examined tomorrow.

Shane Victorino moved from right to center and Bryce Brentz went in to play right.

Ellsbury had reached on catcher’s interference before attempting his first stolen base after that and was thrown out by Humberto Quintero.

We’ll have more when we receive some information.

UPDATE: “I was trying to get in and beat the tag, and jammed my foot and rolled my ankle,” Ellsbury said. “It was one of those things where you’re not far enough to dive back headfirst, but far enough to go feetfirst. I stepped on the base and rolled the ankle.”

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Ellsbury attempted his first stolen base of the spring right afterward, because “I was testing it out on a 3-2 count, hoping [Dustin Pedroia] would swing, but it’ll be good.”

Ellsbury said when he ran out to center field for the bottom of the inning, he could feel the ankle getting tighter. “I’m sure we’ll look at it tomorrow, but I feel good about it.”

Ellsbury was hit for the next time through the order.

“We took him out for precautionary reasons,” said Farrell. “We’ll examine him in the morning. Hope this is nothing more. Once we get past the offday [Tuesday] we’re cautiously optimistic he gets back.”

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