Jacoby Ellsbury will play for Pawtucket on Monday. Then when the PawSox go on the road, he’ll suit up for Portland on Tuesday.
No word yet to how many games he’ll need before being activated off the disabled list.
Ellsbury seemed oddly reluctant to start his rehab when he spoke before the game.
“Not really,” said Ellsbury when asked if he was ready to play. “It’s not do-or-die or anything. … You know you want to play.”
Ellsbury said he was worried how his ribs would feel should he have to dive for a ball.
“Yeah, that’ll be fun,” he said.
Mike Cameron was 0 for 2 with a walk tonight for Pawtucket. The Sox have not yet announced his next step. It sounds like he’s ready to rejoin the team in New York on Monday.
As for tonight’s game … well, it was a disaster.
The Red Sox drew 12 walks and left 13 runners on base — seven in scoring position. The Tigers invited them to win the game and the Sox passed.
Then after Hideki Okajima gave up the lead in the eighth inning, the back end of the bullpen lost it in the 12th.
Manny Delcarmen (who had warmed up four times) allowed a single. Then Scott Schoeneweis allowed a single to a lefty. Then Ramon Ramirez walked two to force in a run.
* Lefties are 9 of 24 (.375) against Schoeneweis this season. John Farrell is said to like him. At this point, that doesn’t speak well of Farrell. Did Alan Embree spit on the “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” sign or something?
* Ramirez has been erratic all season, since spring training really. There was almost no shot he was getting out of that jam.
This was game was lost in a lot of ways but the first way came Friday night when Daniel Bard needed to throw 28 pitches — 10 that were caused by his own throwing error.
Take away those 10 pitches and maybe Bard would have been able to pitch tonight.
Thanks for reading. We’ll have more from the Motor City tomorrow.