Ellsbury is back, hitting again
The Madras High School graduate missed nearly the entire first half of the MLB season, but returned July 13 and made an immediate impact in helping Boston take two of three games at Tampa Bay over the weekend.
Batting in his customary leadoff slot, Ellsbury went six for 14 in the series, raising his batting average from .194 to .275. He concluded the three-game set with a three for five day at the dish with a double and RBI.
The left-handed Ellsbury followed that performance by going hitless in four attempts in a game against the Chicago White Sox on Monday. Ellsbury and the Red Sox will conclude a four-game series against the White Sox July 18-19, before hosting the Toronto Blue Jays, a team he has posted a career .379 batting average against, July 20-22.
Ellsbury had been out of the Red Sox lineup since April 13 with a partially dislocated right (non-throwing) shoulder. Last year, Ellsbury finished second in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. He hit .321, belted 32 home runs, had 105 RBIs, scored 119 runs and finished with 212 hits, all of which came after a season in which he play in just 18 games.