MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game Wednesday with bruised ribs, and the Boston left fielder may wind up missing the entire series here.
"Realistically it might be until we get back to Boston [before he plays]," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said before Wednesday's game here. "The soreness is getting more centrally isolated, which is good."
Ellsbury was injured Sunday in Kansas City when he collided with third baseman Adrian Beltre trying to make a play in the ninth inning. He left that game and hasn't played since, although X-rays at least showed that there were no breaks.
Moved to center field this year to accommodate Mike Cameron in center, Ellsbury had multiple hits in four of his six games this season. Without him, shortstop Marco Scutaro hit leadoff Monday and again Wednesday in Minnesota.
"We told him this spring that there would be plenty of times he would lead off," Francona said. "He's good at it."
The Sox just hoped it wouldn't be so soon. Though Scutaro did go 2 for 4 with a couple of singles in Monday's 5-2 loss.
Boston returns home Friday to open a 10-game homestand against Tampa Bay.