Ellsbury goes 3 for 5 in rehab game

August, 3, 2010
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Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 5 on Tuesday afternoon in Pawtucket for the Triple-A PawSox as he continues to work his way back from broken ribs, which have limited him to nine games this season.

After placing outfielder Mike Cameron on the disabled list on Monday, manager Terry Francona said the team was not yet ready to activate Ellsbury because the outfielder "still feels it at times."

"We're kind of walking that line," Francona said Monday of the decision not to activate Ellsbury. "We all know potentially what [Ellsbury] can mean to us, but he still feels it at times, so [we're] trying to not get caught up in, like Cameron going down, then activating a guy before he's ready. So we're trying to exercise the proper judgment."

The team will decide soon whether Ellsbury, who has played in six rehab games as he readies himself to rejoin the Red Sox, is close to being activated.

One source with direct knowledge of Ellsbury's condition told ESPN Boston he is not experiencing the type of pain he previously felt when he came off the disabled list in May and attempted to play.

That pain prompted Ellsbury to seek a second opinion, and an MRI administered by Dr. Lewis Yocum showed a previously undetected fifth fractured rib in his back, and, according to the player, a strained latissimus dorsi muscle, the broadest muscle in the back.

Ellsbury is still experiencing some soreness in the lat muscle, the source said.

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