Ellsbury headed back to center

Updated: May 25, 2010, 4:06 AM ET
ESPNBoston.com

Jacoby Ellsbury shifted from center field to left at the start of the season to accommodate new acquisition Mike Cameron, but now it appears Ellsbury could be headed back to center on a more regular basis.

Ellsbury, who came off the disabled list over the weekend after a rib injury sidelined him for more than a month, told WEEI.com on Monday night that he was making the move back to center when Cameron is activated off the DL on Tuesday.

"That's where I've always played, center," Ellsbury told WEEI.com, "So, yeah, I was pretty happy about that.

"I think that's definitely my natural position and where you would think I would play. So, yeah, they told me I was going to left and I told them basically whatever would help the team out, I would go to left. Now it's come back around and I'm fine with it."

Ellsbury also talked up playing center in a pregame interview with ESPN's Chris Singleton.

"Now I'm back in center, it's my natural position," Ellsbury said. "It's comfortable for me and I'm excited to be back out there."

Cameron is recovering from an abdominal injury, and a move to left field would likely mean less strain on that area.

"Yeah, I should be OK. Yeah, I don't know, you'll have to talk to Tito," Cameron told WEEI.com. "I may even move around a little bit, to different spots."

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