Ellsbury has different fracture
The Red Sox now know why Jacoby Ellsbury had recurring pain during his brief stint back from the disabled list. After an exam in California with the renowned Dr. Lewis Yocum, and a follow-up phone consultation with Red Sox medical director Thomas Gill, it was determined that Ellsbury suffered a different fracture in his left ribs. The injury was likely sustained on May 23, when Ellsbury made a diving catch in Philadelphia against Raul Ibanez in the bottom of the seventh.
The Red Sox issued the following joint statement just moments ago from Dr. Gill and Dr. Yocum.
“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.”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Ellsbury flew from California to Arizona and will work out at the Athletes Performance Institute for roughly the next two weeks, doing non-baseball activites. Though the Red Sox didn’t issue a time-table for his return, it seems unlikely that Ellsbury would return before the All-Star break, which starts on July 12.
Ellsbury initially injured his ribs on April 11 in a nasty collision with teammate Adrian Beltre. On that occasion, Ellsbury suffered a hairline fracture of four ribs. The outfielder has played in just nine games this season.