Terry Francona said yesterday that Jacoby Ellsbury was
really tender. He's been examined, we've looked at the pictures, all the medical people are trying to look at everything. We've got to get to the bottom of this; we're not at the bottom of it.Ellsbury was scheduled to see another specialist today. Peter Abraham writes that Ellsbury
seems to have gotten worse in the last 36 hours.That last point is debatable. What is not in question is whether Mazz's column is a steamy pile of poo.
It might be time to put him on the shelf again. Terrry Francona has made it very clear that the team is putting the onus on Ellsbury to decide when he's ready.
Globe colleague Tony Massarotti wonders whether Ellsbury wants to play and how much of this is being directed by agent Scott Boras. Those are legitimate questions.
Two months into the regular season, Jacoby Ellsbury has played in nine games. Ellsbury says he is hurting. The Red Sox seem to wonder. And there is an indisputable disconnect between the team and its flashy center fielder.Massarotti wants us to know that he does not dispute the fact that Ellsbury has "bruised ribs or hairline fractures". No! Not at all.
Just wondering: ... Is it Ellsbury – or DLsbury?
In case you missed it – and many did – here's what Ellsbury told Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com following Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay, yet another affair in which Ellsbury was absent from the lineup.
"I think they downplay it because they misdiagnosed it," Ellsbury said of the rib injury that has kept him out for the large majority of this season. "They said you treat it all the same way. Remember that comment? How do you treat a bruise the same as a break?"
According to the Globe's Nick Cafardo this morning, sources in the Red Sox organization contend that Ellsbury now regrets making that remark. Regardless, Ellsbury has not disputed actually making them, offering an unfiltered glimpse into his soul and into the wedge currently driven between him and the team.
He's just sayin'
-- that in 2008, Ellsbury's rookie season, he "missed small chunks of time with various assorted ailments"
-- that in the minors, he was supposedly a player who "required a great deal of, well, maintenance"
-- there are people, including some people in Red Sox management, who "believe that Boras discourages his players from taking the field at something less than 100 percent because it would affect their performance on the field and, therefore, leverage in negotiations"
What about Ellsbury's statement that he expects to deal with some discomfort in his ribs for the rest of this season? Massarotti says that is "an alibi if he plays poorly".
The bullshit column ends with a question: "Does he want to play or doesn't he?"
Theo Epstein is on record (many times) as saying he would rather players stay off the field and get completely healthy rather than come back too early and risk further injury and additional missed time.
It did seem odd that the Sox were first thinking that Ellsbury would miss only a day or three, then a week, then the disabled list. But that isn't what Mazz is focusing on.
Is trying to transform Ellsbury into "Drew Jr." the mediots' latest project?