Francona: 4 to 6 weeks minimum for Ellsbury

August, 18, 2010
8/18/10
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BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury tersely confirmed Wednesday that he had a fractured rib.

“I saw Dr. [Lewis] Yocum yesterday,’’ Ellsbury said in a session with reporters that lasted less than a minute. “It’s a broken rib in the back. It’s broken in the same place that I broke it before.’’

From that description, the rib that Ellsbury fractured was the same one that he contended went undetected after his April 11 collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre. It wasn’t until he sought a second opinion from Yocum after going back on the DL in late May that an MRI of his back showed the fractured rib in the back.

The Red Sox medical staff asserted that the rib was fractured when Ellsbury dived for a ball on May 22 in Philadelphia. Ellsbury said he was told by Yocum that the rib was fractured, along with four others, in the original collision with Beltre.

“Basically when I come back, I’ll be stronger than ever, when I do come back,’’ Ellsbury said.

He then said, “Thank you,” and broke free from the circle of reporters surrounding him.

Minutes later, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his daily media session with reporters, confirmed the diagnosis of a fractured rib, saying he had spoken Wednesday morning with Yocum and trainer Mike Reinold.

“He’s going to need to heal,’’ Francona said.

Francona added, “We’re looking at 4 to 6 weeks, minimum” for Ellsbury to recover. Six weeks would be Sept. 30, when there would be just three games remaining in the regular season.

“There’s a chance this season might be over,’’ Francona said. “I don’t know that we want to write it off.’’

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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