Ellsbury bruises knee, may not play Tuesday

Ellsbury bruises knee, may not play Tuesday

Ellsbury bruises knee, may not play Tuesday
BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hit streak to 11 games with two hits in Monday night's 9-5 win over the Angels, but the leadoff hitter's status for Tuesday's game is now in question.

Ellsbury was replaced in center field in the top of the eighth inning by Darnell McDonald after leaving with a left knee bruise.

Manager Terry Francona said Ellsbury was injured when crossing home plate following a bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh. With Dustin Pedroia running close behind him, Ellsbury chose not to slide into home and instead stepped on the plate before bumping into Angels' catcher Jeff Mathis.

"[Ellsbury's] a little sore," Francona said. "He banged the inside of his [left] knee. He's real stable and everything, he just has kind of a bruise on the inside of his knee."

Ellsbury was 2-for-4 with three runs, a double and two stolen bases before leaving and is batting .383 during his hit streak. Francona said Ellsbury's status for Tuesday is uncertain.

"We'll see with a bruise like that how he wakes up," Francona said.