ARLINGTON, Texas -- Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will return to Boston on Saturday morning for an MRI at Massachusetts General Hospital after coming out of Friday night's game against Texas when he took a shot to his previously injured left side.
Ellsbury was in only his ninth game back from the disabled list after missing 58 games because of broken ribs on his left side. He had missed 37 games during an earlier DL stint for a similar injury.
"Unfortunately, he managed to fall right in front of the same spot," manager Terry Francona said after Boston's 10-9 loss to the Rangers in 11 innings. "It's very concerning."
Francona originally said Ellsbury would travel to Los Angeles and be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, but that schedule quickly changed.
"I don't know for sure, but the team will be setting everything up," Ellsbury said. "I'm seeing a doctor in Boston."
Ellsbury was 0-for-3 but scored in Boston's seven-run fourth inning after reaching on an error. He was replaced in the field by Eric Patterson in the bottom of that inning.
But it was leading off the game when Ellsbury apparently got hit.
Ellsbury led off with a roller down the first-base line. Pitcher Tommy Hunter fielded the ball and got in front of Ellsbury in almost a blocking position. The hefty pitcher managed to get to the bag just before Ellsbury as the two made contact.
"It was when he fell. They got tangled up, and when he fell, it looked like he got his arm caught under him," Francona said. "It was the same exact spot. So he's pretty sore."
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald and The Associated Press was used in this report.