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.