Ellsbury day-to-day; Papi's vision OK
Sox outfielder has shoulder strain; DH given eye drops
BOSTON -- Though the Red Sox didn't play on Monday, they got some good news on the medical front.
Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury had his right shoulder examined and no structural damage was found. Meanwhile, slugger David Ortiz, who has just two home runs this season, passed his vision test with flying colors, eliminating one possible reason for a slump that has been national news.
Ellsbury left Boston's 6-3 loss to the Rangers on Sunday after five innings. He aggravated his shoulder sliding into second and then hurt it further making a spectacular catch on the warning track in right-center. Ellsbury has a strain of his acromioclavicular, or AC, joint. He is listed as day-to-day, meaning it is uncertain if he will start Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against the Yankees.
Last week in Detroit, Ortiz mentioned to reporters that he was having some problems with his eyes drying up during his at-bats. He passed his vision test with flying colors in Spring Training and did so again Monday. Ortiz was given eye drops to alleviate the dryness.
Ortiz is hitting .197 with 22 RBIs and 55 strikeouts in 198 at-bats.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.