In a 10-minute meeting with the media on Saturday afternoon, Jacoby Ellsbury insisted that all five of his rib fractures happened during the April 11 collision with Adrian Beltre -- including the fracture on the back of his rib cage that was not discovered until late May.
That is in direct contradiction with Red Sox team doctor Thomas Gill's June 11 statement that Ellsbury suffers a fifth rib fracture while making a diving catch in Philadelphia on May 22.
Ellsbury said that after the collision with Beltre in Kansas City, he specifically asked for MRI exams on both the front and back of his rib cage. He believed he was getting those exams, but only the front was MRIed, so the posterior rib fracture -- which has caused Ellsbury the most pain -- was not found until Dr. Lewis Yocum examined him in late May. Yocum also said that Ellsbury had a strained lat in his upper back and an inflamed nerve, which was the result of trying to compensate for the injury.
Last night, Peter Abraham reported that
a team source said that many of Ellsbury's comments today contradicted what he told the medical staff or simply weren't true.In this morning's Globe, Robert Mays writes:
But a team source said Ellsbury did not complain of back pain in April or ask for an MRI on that area and was only cleared to start playing in May when he pronounced himself completely free of symptoms.Ellsbury said that he has been in "constant contact" with the Red Sox, with Terry Francona, and with team doctors while he has been working out in Arizona.
The Sox do not plan to get into a public dispute with Ellsbury and Boras over the course of treatment, the source said, fearing that only would serve to exacerbate what the source termed the player's unpopularity within the clubhouse.
While I was out at API every single day, they would get a report of exactly what I did -- the weight, the time, every detail was submitted to them every single day.This soap opera seems far from over -- and the media now will use this situation as a future "talking point" any time Ellsbury misses a game or two because of an injury or some discomfort.
Also: I thought the Globe's Peter Abraham took a few unnecessary shots at Ellsbury when he said that as soon as he "pulled out his notes today, I knew something was up". Abraham adds that Ellsbury "went on the offensive against the Red Sox medical staff".
This is a great example of how a player cannot win. If Ellsbury writes down some notes, he is "armed with talking points". But if he tries recapping the chronology of injuries, examinations, tests, various rehab starts, third opinions, etc. off the top of his head and made an inadvertent error or two, then the media will rip him for contradicting himself and being "unable to get his story straight".