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Jacoby Ellsbury (briefly) met with the media Wednesday afternoon, confirmed he was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and then said that he had indeed re-broke the rib in his back.
"It's a broken rib in the back, broken in the exact same place as I broke it before. Basically, when I come back, I'll be stronger than ever when I do come back.
Asked if he was done playing for the year, Ellsbury said, "We're not sure yet."
While he's "not sure yet" on the rest of 2010, the broken rib means he's out for 4-6 weeks, which is essentially the rest of the year.
Indeed, when asked about Ellsbury playing in 2010, Terry Francona said, "We're probably going to have to catch a break."
We'll assume no pun was intended.
Jacoby Ellsbury was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday, and according to Gordon Edes' report, the center fielder has another fractured rib, and will "probably" miss the rest of the 2010 season. Ellsbury re-injured himself in a collision with Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter Friday night, and underwent an MRI and CT scan on Saturday.
He was placed on the disabled list for the third time this year on Sunday.
It is not immediately known if the rib injury in question is related to the five ribs Ellsbury broke when Adrian Beltre crashed into him back in April. Ellsbury has played in just 18 games this season, hitting .192.
Manager Terry Francona offered little detail regarding this new injury.
"Nothing official," he said. "I just talked to Dr. Tom Gill a minute ago. He said they're planning on talking tomorrow morning. I think Ells was grabbing the red-eye home. I think the plan was to meet with him tomorrow and get everybody involved and assess what the plan is. Nothing official tonight."
For the third time in 2010, the Red Sox have placed Jacoby Ellsbury on the disabled list with a rib injury. This latest trip is the result of his collision with Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter on Friday night, when he tumbled to the ground, landing on the same spot where he had five broken ribs earlier this season.
Ellsbury went for an MRI and CT scan in Boston on Saturday, and it showed "excess fluid or swelling" and a "faint line" at the same spot of the original fracture.
"The results showed some edema to the soft tissue in the same area,'' said manager Terry Francona, "suggesting new trauma from the fall. There's a faint line at the fracture site and it's impossible to tell [whether it's] new or incomplete healing. So you have to go [by] the symptoms, and [Ellsbury] says it's worse [pain] than [he felt in] Tampa [when he reinjured the original condition in late May]. So we knew he was [a candidate] for the DL.''
Ellsbury has played in just 18 of the Red Sox' 117 games in 2010.
It is unsure exactly how long Ellsbury will be out this time around, but for now Tito says "He's out at least 15 days."
Bullpen pitcher Michael Bowden was called up from Pawtucket to take Ellsbury's spot on the roster. Boston will use a rotation of Eric Patterson, Darnell McDonald and Ryan Kalish in center field.
Adding literal injury to insult in Friday nights brutal Red Sox' loss to the Rangers, outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury re-injured his ribs and will go to Boston to have an MRI taken on Saturday.
Ellsbury, leading off in the game's first at-bat, ran into Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter at first base and fell to the ground, landing on the same spot where he had five broken ribs earlier this season. He stayed in the game, but eventually was pulled in the bottom of the fourth.
After the game, Terry Francona did little to calm the fears of Red Sox fans.
"It's very concerning. The exam that [trainer Mike Reinold] gave him is very concerning. So we'll get him looked at as quickly as we can so we can make a decision going forward.''
Jacoby Ellsbury will be jumping right back into the thick of things tonight, getting the start in center field and leading off for the Red Sox in his first game back from the disabled list.
This will only be Ellsbury’s fifth start of the year in center after starting five games in left field earlier in the year, and likely signals a permanent return to the Red Sox’ leadoff spot. Marco Scutaro will move to the second spot in the lineup.
Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe briefly notes some good news regarding injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, announcing that the player has been “activated” after an extended time away from the team.
He will be added to the roster tomorrow.
More to come on this.
While there was some hope Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the Red Sox by Tuesday, the team isn’t ready to bring back their injured outfielder just yet. Ellsbury will continue his rehab until at least Wednesday, at which point he will be reevaluated by the team.
Ellsbury has spent the last two weeks shipping between the Red Sox’ Gulf Coast, Double-A, and Triple-A teams, collecting an .876 OPS in 27 at bats. He has started both games he has played with Pawtucket in center field.
Jacoby Ellsbury, rehabbing with Pawtucket as he plays his way back from fractured ribs, could be patrolling the outfield grass in Fenway as soon as Tuesday, according to Gordon Edes (and his skills of deduction).
The most likely scenario? Give Ellsbury Monday off, make sure he's OK and activate him Tuesday, in time for the second game of the Indians series. Regular center fielder Mike Cameron has not played since Friday because of soreness resulting from his abdominal tear, the condition that has plagued him all season.
Ellsbury played back-to-back games over the weekend, getting two hits in both games. He has not appeared in a game for Boston since May 24, and has played a total of just nine games for the big league club in 2010.
Jacoby Ellsbury is continuing to find success and make progress in rehab games the Red Sox team in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, so it is not surprising to see this news from Gordon Edes: " Ellsbury to be examined in Boston [Friday night]. Assuming all goes well, he'll be playing in Pawtucket starting [Saturday] night."
His return to Boston's lineup is getting closer and closer (hopefully).
So far, so good for Jacoby Ellsbury, who is currently on a rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League.
The injured outfielder, who has only played in nine games this season, is coming closer and closer to a return to the big league club after three encouraging games in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Ellsbury has done a little bit of everything, collecting three hits, walking twice, stealing a base, getting plunked uneventfully in the back, and perhaps more importantly getting a shot to run down fly balls in the outfield. So far, Ellsbury has no complaints.
I’m on the right track, for sure. Something like this is valuable; you need it before you can come back and start playing. It was nice that I was able to come down here and get some at-bats in. These are the first steps back to playing.
We’re going to check in with the team and tell them it went pretty well, very well, actually
If Ellsbury has been out of the loop with his time spent away from the team, he’s certainly kept up with the season-to-date. He knows the Red Sox aren’t in a great position, but he’s staying optimistic.
“We’ve got two months left,’’ he said. “Tampa and New York play a lot, so I think we’ll be in pretty good shape. It’s been a long year [for me], and I’m looking forward to getting back in the lineup. We’ll see how it goes from there.’’
And make no mistake, for as much as Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury process has been a long drawn out dramafest, Ellsbury is itching to finally make his way back to Boston.
“They do a good job down here,’’ he said. “But I’m ready to play ball.’’
Important News!: Jacoby Ellsbury played a baseball game!
Granted, not for the Red Sox, but still: progress!
Ellsbury, who has started the process of rejoining the big-league club, played six innings Tuesday for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox and finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base.
First inning: Walked, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on sacrifice fly
Second inning: 4-6-3 double play
Fifth inning: Line drive single to right field
This comes a day after he was the designated hitter in a rehab game on Monday, going 1-for-3 (his first game at any level since May 24).
There is still no exact timetable for Ellsbury, but Gordon Edes says that the outfielder "could be back with the Red Sox by next week."
Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox outfielder who has played just nine games in 2010 and been on the disabled list since May 28 with fractured ribs, is (finally) beginning his trip from recovery work in Fort Myers to playing baseball in Boston.
Ellsbury is expected to start his rehab games this week, with games Monday and Tuesday for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox. Assuming that goes well, he will then play for Pawtucket later this week.
Terry Francona took time on Sunday to praise the team's walking wounded, Ellsbury included.
"There's so much reported and so much time spent on Jacoby, I don't think people realize how extraordinary what we have going here is. You don't see this." Francona said. "I've been a lot of places. You don't see guys standing around the cage in a chair. You don't see guys on crutches trying to play. It doesn't happen This is an extraordinary group right now."
The last we heard about Jacoby Ellsbury's recovery from a second set of cracked ribs almost three weeks ago, with news that he could be out until the All-Star break. On Wednesday, Theo Epstein commented on Ellsbury, who is rehabbing at Athletes' Performance in Arizona, and while there is still no timetable for his return, the GM did say that the center fielder is getting "closer and closer."
"He's making progress every day. His symptoms are subsiding slowly but surely. I think that's a really important element of this because he can't start baseball activities until the symptoms are much less than when they last saw him. He's making progress," said Epstein. "There's no definitive timetable on it, but I think we're getting closer and closer to the time that we'll see him ramp up his physical activities, then get to baseball activities, then start to contemplate a rehab assignment. We're not there yet. But he's making progress nonetheless because he's starting to feel better.
Esptein added that eventually, Ellsbury will "transition either back here or to [the team's extended spring training complex in] Fort Myers to resume baseball activities."
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More news regarding Jacoby Ellsbury's injury was released on Friday. Don't worry, none of it's good.
Team doctor Thomas Gill confirmed that the outfielder will indeed miss at least two weeks, and now he could be out until the All-Star break.
The center fielder will not perform any baseball activities until he is re-evaluated now that another small fracture has been found in his rib cage -- a fracture, Gill said, that is almost completely unrelated to his original injury. Ellsbury presumably suffered the injury diving for a fly ball while the Red Sox were in Philadelphia in late May. This new injury, however, is on the sixth rib and closer to his spine than to his chest, a different location than the fractures on his second, third, fourth and fifth ribs he suffered when he collided head-on with Adrian Beltre in early April.
This latest injury was revealed after Ellsbury underwent an MRI, and unrelated to his original collision with Beltre.
Statement from doctors on Ellsbury says tests revealed "a non-displaced rib fracture and edema in the left posterior-axillary line." #redsoxless than a minute ago via TweetDeckAmalie Benjamin
According to Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe, "The fracture is in a different area that the prior fractures, and occurred when Ellsbury dove for a ball vs. Phillies on May 23."
The newly cracked rib -- his fifth, for those scoring at home -- was found after doctors took an MRI.
"An MRI of Jacoby's thoracic spine and posterior rib area, recommended by us jointly, revealed a non-displaced rib fracture and edema in the left posterior-axillary line. This fracture, which is in a different area than the initial fractures and which was not present on previous scans, is likely the result of a new injury which occurred when Jacoby dove and impacted the ground during his brief return to play. Jacoby will require several weeks of rest and physical therapy."
After learning early on Thursday that Jacoby Ellsbury wasn't ready to come back of the DL and still needed "more rest," it was reported that the outfielder is now headed for Athletes Performance clinic in Arizona for rehab and "non-baseball actives" and will be out at least two more weeks.
After Jacoby Ellsbury’s recent trip to Los Angeles to get another opinion on his injured ribs, Terry Francona says the diagnosis for the young fielder is that he “just needs a little bit more rest.”
“We’re going to try to meet here in a little bit,’’ Francona said, in order for Dr. Thomas Gill and Dr. Lewis Yocum to talk about the situation. “It sounds like Dr. Yocum, at least preliminarily, thinks he needs a little bit more rest. But we want the chance to kind of make sure everybody’s on the same page.’’
A “little bit more rest” seems insignificant next to the amount of time Ellsbury, who hasn’t played consistently since the first week of the season, has missed. But given the way this injury has persisted, it might not be wise to expect anything to go as planned.
Unlike his first go-around on the disabled list, the Red Sox plan to be a lot more cautious with Jacoby Ellsbury and his recovery this time around:
Jacoby Ellsbury, meanwhile, hit in the batting cage Tuesday, according to Francona, but it’s clear the Sox will proceed more cautiously this go-round after it was determined last week that Ellsbury came back too soon from his fractured ribs.
“It’s kind of basically what he can handle not just on a daily basis, but repeating it and then taking it out and competing,’’ Francona said. “We’ve run every test imaginable to rule out [the causes]. What it comes to, as we’ve said all along, is symptoms. If it hurts and gets in the way, it hurts and gets in the way. So you have to treat it accordingly.’’
No one is predicting when Ellsbury will return. He told ESPNBoston.com's Joe McDonald that another rehab assignment has not been discussed.
Ellsbury also scoffed at the notion that he's not tough:
“I dive for balls, I run into walls, I slide hard into bases. The fans have been behind me. They know what the deal is,’’ said Ellsbury.
While Ellsbury sits on the disabled list, Darnell McDonald continues to have a job with the Red Sox. Jeremy Hermida, Darnell McDonald and Bill Hall will all split time in the outfield while Ellsbury is out.
After Friday's news that Jacoby Ellsbury was headed back to the disabled list, just a week after getting activated, the Red Sox's outfielder stated the obvious after the move: He probably came back too soon.
"I guess the way it looks now, I came back too soon, but with everything, the way I felt, the way the medical staff felt, we felt it was time to go," Ellsbury said. "But we knew I wasn't fully healed."
"When I came back we were were pretty much under the understanding that if I came back, dove on it, did what I needed to do on the field, that it wouldn't regress, it wouldn't worsen. Unfortunately that was the case this time."
And while the team hopes this second stay on the DL will be a quick one, it sounds like they shouldn't hold their breath. Especially after Peter Gammons said that Ellsbury is "very hurt."
I think he's very hurt. The thing that is so unfair here, this is his first big arbitration year. He's got Scott Boras in his ear, telling him what he's going to make. If he were jaking it, that makes no sense. It's just the opposite, in fact. This is really important for him to play. I think what he did was that he altered his swing so much that he ended up doing other stuff. [The Red Sox] just have to ride it out because they are a much different team with him in the lineup.
Well, that didn't last long.
Just a week after coming off the disabled list, the Red Sox center fielder is headed back to the 15-day DL, the team announced on Friday.
Jacoby Ellsbury was seen by a thoracic specialist today who agreed with the diagnosis of four cracked ribs.
He was returned to the 15-day disabled list. RHP Scott Atchison was recalled.
Terry Francona commented that he hoped Ellsbury's second trip to the DL this season would be "quick," but added that "they had no idea how long it would be." So there's that.
Ellsbury played in just three games since originally coming off the DL, but hasn't appeared since Monday because of lingering soreness in his left side -- the same side on which he fractured four ribs after his collision with Adrian Beltre in April.
Jacoby Ellsbury played in just six games this season before colliding with Adrian Beltre on April 11, a hard crash that resulted in four fractured ribs on Ellsbury's left side. More than a month went by before he was back on the field, making his
triumphant return to the Red Sox lineup on Saturday (he went 0-for-4). He played in Boston's next two games as well, but has not appeared since Monday's win over the Rays. Why? Well, that's a good question.
Ellsbury is complaining of soreness in his left side, and an X-ray and CT scan showed inflammation near those still-healing ribs, but no one's really sure just where the inflammation is coming from. Really, it seems that no one knows anything.
While Terry Francona indicated Tuesday that the soreness was in a "different area" than where he suffered four hairline fractures of his left ribcage, Ellsbury said it was "along the same ribs that I had my fractures in."
He said the discomfort he's experiencing is similar when he swings he feels "a sharper sensation like I had, but we're all comfortable it's not cracked."
"I don't know that anybody knows what's going on," conceded Francona. "Rather than hurt him, we won't play him and try to get to the bottom of it [Thursday]."
Glad we're all on the same page here, guys. It's only a starting outfielder, no reason to figure it out. Amazingly, the story does not end there.
Ellsbury thinks that the Red Sox are claiming the pain and discomfort he is feeling is not associated with his rib injury because the medical staff misdiagnosed it from the beginning.
"I think they downplay it because they misdiagnosed it. They said you treat it all the same way. Remember that comment? How do you treat a bruise the same as a break?"
The doctors have ruled out any fracture in the ribs, so that's something, at least. It's not sure when Ellsbury will be back in the lineup, but when he is, he will be roaming center field going forward.