Ribs hurting, Ellsbury heading to Boston

Ribs hurting, Ellsbury heading to Boston

ARLINGTON -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will fly back to Boston on Saturday to have his ribs examined after colliding with Rangers starter Tommy Hunter during the first inning of Friday's 10-9 loss.

Ellsbury, who missed 95 games earlier this season after spending two stints on the disabled list with fractured left ribs, left Friday's game against the Rangers after the fourth inning with pain in his left side.

"Unfortunately, he managed to fall right on the same spot," manager Terry Francona said. "We're going to send him out in the morning. ... It's very concerning. The exam [trainer] Mike [Reinold] gave him is very concerning. We'll get him looked at as quickly as we can so we can try to make a decision to move forward."

Eric Patterson replaced Ellsbury, who was 0-for-3 with a run scored at the time.

Ellsbury took a hard fall during his leadoff at-bat of the game when he tumbled to the ground after crossing first base. He dribbled a soft grounder to Hunter, who raced to the bag for the out.

Ellbury reached in the fourth inning on second baseman Andres Blanco's fielding error before coming around to score in Boston's seven-run inning.

"They got tangled up and when he fell, he got his arm caught under him," Francona said. "It was the same exact spot. So he's pretty sore. We'll see."

Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.