Bits: Ellsbury sidelined with foot injury
Fantasy owners certainly can’t complain about Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's production this season. Ellsbury leads the big leagues in stolen bases with 52, and he’s sprinkled in a .299 batting average, eight home runs and 89 runs scored. He's also fifth on the ESPN Fantasy Player Rater. However, like St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig just days before, Ellsbury might be done helping fantasy owners thanks to the weekend news of a compression fracture in his right foot.
The lack of clarity might frustrate fantasy owners the most. What if he isn’t actually done? What if he comes back in two weeks and runs wild? The Red Sox, of course, can’t say for sure, but with a large AL East lead, one would think Ellsbury wouldn’t be pushed hard. The Red Sox called up prospect Jackie Bradley Jr., the fantasy wunderkind from early April who quickly became a dropped dud, and he singled in four at-bats Saturday and singled in two at-bats Sunday, drawing a walk in each game. He doesn’t possess much power or stolen-base potential, though. Ellsbury was dealing with a sore thumb last week, had three hits and a stolen base Thursday, but hurt his foot during the game. Originally reported as inflammation, it’s obviously something worse. But Bradley is capable of getting on base and defending well, and his play might help determine when Ellsbury returns.