Ellsbury can relate: Hamilton's ribs fractured

September, 21, 2010
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BOSTON -- Seventeen days after he ran into an outfield wall, new tests have shown that Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton has two fractured ribs. The fractures were described as small, but it is still unclear whether Hamilton will return this season, and if so, when.

For Red Sox fans, the story is a familiar one. Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was diagnosed with bruised ribs after an April 11 collision with Adrian Beltre until additional tests showed that he had four fractured ribs. Ellsbury continued to feel discomfort more than five weeks later, when further tests detected another fractured rib. Ellsbury and the Sox disagree on the cause of the fifth fracture: Ellsbury insists it happened in the original collision; the Sox medical staff said it was a new injury, caused when he dove for a ball in Philadelphia.

Ellsbury is now sidelined for the balance of the season after fracturing yet another rib in Texas on Aug. 14.

Hamilton’s fractures were discovered in a CT scan administered by back specialist Robert Watkins. He was given an anti-inflammatory injection and an epidural to help numb the nerves and give him some pain relief. You can read more in Richard Durrett’s story on ESPNDallas here.

Gordon Edes

Red Sox reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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