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Jacoby Ellsbury Has Newly Fractured Rib, In Different Area Than Previously Cracked Ribs

Well, at least now we know why Jacoby Ellsbury needs "more rest" and why he's headed to Athletes Performance for a couple weeks of rehab: he has (another) fractured rib.

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 TweetDeck

 

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."