Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox was injured in Friday’s 12-2 win over Tampa Bay. (JESSICA RINALDI/REUTERS)

UPDATE 3:25 P.M.: The Red Sox officially put Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list.

“Jacoby injured his right shoulder during yesterday’s game,” the team seaid in a statement. “An MRI was performed and showed findings consistent with a subluxed shoulder. We are in the process of gathering further information and determining the treatment plan. Jacoby will be placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to today’s game.”

UPDATE 12:53 P.M.: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Ellsbury will miss one to two months after partially dislocating his shoulder.

ORIGINAL POST: Boston Red Sox lead-off hitter Jacoby Ellsbury, who was runner-up in last season’s American League MVP race, may miss significant time with a shoulder injury suffered in Friday’s 12-2 win over Tampa Bay.

Ellsbury injured his shoulder while trying to break up a double play in the fourth inning of Friday’s game.

The Red Sox have not officially made an announcement on Ellsbury’s status, saying only that he suffered a right shoulder injury, but the Boston Globe is citing a baseball source who says has a dislocated or partially dislocated shoulder and will miss six to eight weeks. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com also has a source saying much of the same, and that there is no timetable for Ellsbury’s return.

Boston is expected to call up Che-Hsuan Lin from Class AAA Pawtucket to take Ellsbury’s spot on the everyday roster for Saturday’s game. The Taiwanese outfielder was scratched moments before Pawtucket’s game Friday night against Rochester.

Ellsbury played only 18 games in 2010 after fracturing his ribs in an early-season game, but last season he hit .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBI.


Ellsbury leaves game in fourth inning.

Red Sox steamroll Rays, 12-2, in home opener.