It is now confirmed that Red Sox superstar, Jacoby Ellsbury will miss six to eight weeks of baseball following a collision with Tampa Bay Rays shortstop, Reid Brignac at second base. With Ellsbury now out of the picture for almost two months, it puts the Red Sox at a definite disadvantage.
With Ellsbury presumably heading to the disabled list, the Red Sox must now rely on an outfield consisting of Ryan Sweeney, Cody Ross and Darnell McDonald. Bobby Valentine can now also use minor league call ups, Jason Repko and Nate Spears.
Needless to say that the outfield situation looks ugly.
While it is only April, Boston needs to find a significant substitute for Ellsbury in his absence. Coming off of an MVP caliber season in 2011, his presence will be sorely missed and truly irreplaceable. However, Boston does need to seek outside intervention.
Ben Cherington will now face his first major in season endeavor. Replacing arguably the most valuable asset to this roster will be undoubtedly impossible, but relying on minor league players and the combination of Sweeney and McDonald will not get the job done for two months of the season.
Today I will look at some possible options to alleviate the pain of Ellsbury's absence. There is no doubt that Cherington and his staff will have their hands full and I will look at some possible solutions. None of these players will be able to replace Ellsbury, but they are all better than Ryan Sweeney at his best.