Red Sox Activate Jacoby Ellsbury, Send Nave To PawSox

BOSTON, MA — The Boston Red Sox today activated outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Daniel Nava to Triple-A Pawtucket.  Ellsbury is slated to start in center field and bat leadoff in tonight's game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.  

The announcement was made by Executive Vice President/General Manager Theo Epstein.

Ellsbury, 26, has been on the disabled list since May 28 with fractured ribs.  He appeared in six rehabilitation games with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Red Sox and Pawtucket and hit .409 (9-for-22) with a double, RBI, six runs scored, two walks and a stolen base playing center field and designated hitter.  In nine games for the Red Sox this season, Ellsbury has hit .250 (11-for-44) with four doubles, three RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases.  He also missed 37 games on the 15-day disabled list from April 20 (retroactive to April 19) to May 22.

The 27-year-old Nava was recalled from Pawtucket on Monday and appeared in one game, going 1-for-2 with a pinch-hit single that night. The switch-hitter has batted .290 (27-for-93) with one home run and 16 RBI in 30 games over two stints with the Red Sox this season and became the second player ever to connect for a grand slam on his first pitch seen in the Major Leagues on June 12. He has also hit .299 (72-for-241) with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 66 games for the PawSox this year, reaching base safely in each of his last 19 Triple-A contests.