Jacoby Ellsbury bangs knee during slide

Updated: May 3, 2011, 3:38 PM ET
By Brendan Hall | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Boston Red Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury seems to be OK after leaving the game after the seventh inning of Monday night's 9-5 win over the Angels, the result of an awkward slide into the plate coming home on Adrian Gonzalez's three-RBI double off the Green Monster.

"[He's] a little sore," manager Terry Francona said. "He banged his knee at the plate. He banged the inside of his knee. He's real stable and everything, he's just got kind of a bruise on the inside of his knee."

Darnell McDonald finished the game out in center field for Ellsbury. Asked if Ellsbury will need the night off Tuesday, Francona said, "We'll see. Again, I don't know, with a bruise like that, we'll see how he wakes up."

Brendan Hall is a regular contributor to ESPNBoston.com.

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