SAN FRANCISCO–Jacoby Ellsbury will get to have the best of both worlds. The Red Sox outfielder made his major league debut this week, going 6-for-16 and making a positive impression. And now that he’s been sent back down to Triple-A Pawtucket, Ellsbury will make the long cross-country journey and retake his spot in the All-Star Futures Game, scheduled for tomorrow at 1 p.m. Pacific time at AT&T Park.
Ellsbury replaces injured outfielder Cameron Maybin, the Tigers’ top prospect. Maybin hasn’t played since injuring his right shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield, and after seeing a team doctor back in Detroit, he was expected to miss two more weeks for high Class A Lakeland. (The above link also has news of Ryan Raburn’s promotion to Detroit from Triple-A Toledo.)
Both the U.S. and World teams will be a pitcher short Sunday as well. Lefthander Garrett Olson will stay in the majors with the Orioles rather than join the U.S. team, leaving new World addition Jimmy Van Ostrand (Astros) to represent for Cal Poly in the Futures Game. Meanwhile the World team will be without Cuban righthander Serguey Linares. The Pirates kept Linares in high Class A Lynchburg as a precaution, as he has a tired arm in his first season in the U.S.