The Red Sox placed Ellsbury on the 15-day disabled list with a partially dislocated right shoulder before Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay.
Ellsbury, the runner-up in last year’s AL MVP voting, injured the shoulder sliding into second in Friday’s 12-2 win in the home opener.
Last season Ellsbury batted .321 with 32 homers, 105 RBI and led the majors with 364 total bases — the most since Bobby Bonds did it with the San Francisco Giants in 1973.
Rays shortstop Reid Brignac fell on his shoulder after making a throw to first to complete a double play.
Manager Bobby Valentine said Ellsbury was examined Friday night and will continue to be looked at. He didn’t give a timetable for the outfielder’s return.
“Proper treatment,” Valentine said when asked what type of treatment Ellsbury would need for the injury.
The outfielder was not seen in the clubhouse before the game, but tweeted “Thanks for all the well wishes. Sublexed (partially dislocated) my right shoulder in yesterday’s game. No timetable set, working hard to get back as soon as possible.”
Valentine said the club would call up outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Ellsbury’s spot on the roster.