Ellsbury a late scratch for Tuesday

Ellsbury a late scratch for Tuesday

BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury was a late scratch for Tuesday's game at Fenway Park against the Rangers due to a bruised tailbone stemming from being hit by a John Danks pitch in Chicago on Monday.

Ellsbury was originally in the lineup batting eighth and playing center field. But due to being bruised and feeling uncomfortable due to the hit-by-pitch, he did not start the contest.

Ellsbury is batting .526 over his past five games, with two homers and three stolen bases, and that plunking broke up Danks' perfect game on Monday.

Ellsbury didn't get the night completely off, however, as he played a pivotal role in the Red Sox's 19-17 victory. The rookie walked as a pinch-hitter for Kevin Cash in the eighth inning and eventually scored the game-tying run on Dustin Pedroia's double.

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