Ellsbury gets a hit in Minors rehab opener

Ellsbury gets a hit in Minors rehab opener

SEATTLE -- For the first time since April 13, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury played in a baseball game on Friday. The venue was Fort Myers, Fla., for a Gulf Coast League Game, and Ellsbury went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk while serving as the designated hitter.

"He got through the performance without incident," said manager Bobby Valentine.

Ellsbury had been sidelined with a partially dislocated right shoulder. Carl Crawford played in his fourth Gulf Coast League game on Friday, going 0-for-2 with a run and two walks.

Valentine hasn't received word yet on when Ellsbury and Crawford will graduate to a higher level in the Minors. Neither player is expected to join the Red Sox before the All-Star break.

Back in Boston, right-hander Clay Buchholz is also making progress. Hospitalized with esophigatis last weekend, Buchholz is back on his feet and even did some light throwing at Fenway Park on Friday, as well as some other exercises.

There's no timetable on when Buchholz will return from the disabled list.