Jacoby Ellsbury Injury: Updates on Red Sox Star's Foot, Potential Return Date
Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was sent back to Boston from the team's road trip Saturday to receive an MRI on his bothersome right foot.
Manager John Farrell revealed the news Saturday before the Red Sox's clash against the New York Yankees in the Bronx:
Farrell on status of Ellsbury: "He's been sent back to Boston to be examined. We're still going through more tests to get more information."— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 7, 2013
Ellsbury has been diagnosed with a non-displaced compression fracture in his foot and is expected to be back before the end of the regular season.
Ellsbury returned to the lineup Wednesday, Sept. 25.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 25
From the Red Sox:
Jacoby back leading off. 9/25 at COL: Ellsbury CF, Victorino RF, Pedroia 2B, Ortiz 1B, Nava LF, Salty C, Drew SS, Middlebrooks 3B, Peavy SP.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 25, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Sept. 24
From ESPN's Gordon Edes:
Ellsbury is taking regular BP today, then Sox will make decision re Wednesday if he is a go— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) September 24, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 22
From Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal:
Farrell on Ellsbury: "Hopefully he might be in the lineup Wednesday." Would get "a couple" of at-bats.— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) September 22, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 20
From WEEI's Alex Speier:
Ellsbury started baseball activity today: Swung off a tee, threw.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) September 20, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 18
Boston Globe reporter Peter Abraham interviewed Ellsbury on his potential return.
When asked how he's doing, Ellsbury replied "Taking it day by day. Working to get back on the field."
Abraham also asked him how he felt about a return this season, possibly even before the regular season is over:
"You know, we're hopeful that I'll be back playing. I feel very confident I'm making quick progress."
"Just following the doc's orders on what he has in store for me. Each day I come in and try to push the envelope even with them trying to get back on the field."
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
From Sean McAdam of Comcast Sportsnet:
Ellsbury has non-displaced compression fracture in his right foot. Farrell says Sox expect him back before end of regular season— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) September 8, 2013
From the Boston Red Sox:
More on Ellsbury status: He'll be in boot for 5 days then see how he responds to treatment. No exact timetable at this point.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2013
UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that the extent of Jacoby Ellsbury's foot injury is still unknown:
An industry source said Saturday that doctors are trying to determine whether [Jacoby] Ellsbury has a deep bone bruise or fracture in his right foot, the result of fouling a ball off his foot Aug. 28 in a game at Fenway Park.
Edes followed with a statement from Red Sox manager John Farrell:
[Ellsbury] is frustrated. He wants to be on the field. He feels like he can play right now. But at the direction of the medical people, we have to be careful with this.
I can tell you this: Jacoby wants to be on the field. He's kind of [ticked] he's not here right now, to be honest with you.
The initial MRI on the foot revealed inflammation and swelling in the navicular bone of his foot. According to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, Ellsbury was to undergo further testing in Boston before being sent to Denver for a second opinion:
Ellsbury back in Boston for further testing then to Denver for second opinion. Navicular bone in foot has inflammation but maybe more.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) September 7, 2013
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal followed up on Cafardo's report to reveal the Red Sox aren't wasting any time, and will send him to Denver later Saturday:
#RedSox’s Ellsbury already has been examined in Boston. He is flying to Denver today to get second opinion tonight from Dr. Thomas Clanton.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 7, 2013
While there is no concrete word on Ellsbury's long-term prognosis, Farrell indicated that the injury will likely keep him out for some time, per Sean McAdam of Comcast Sports Net:
Farrell on Ellsbury: "I don't think we're looking at something that's day-to-day here." Ellsbury likely going to Denver for 2nd opinion.— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) September 7, 2013
Ellsbury sat out Friday night's 12-8 win over the Yankees in hopes that resting would help the injury, but it proved of little help. He was first hurt in Boston's comeback victory on Thursday, where he stole second base and scored the game-winning run.
Although he stayed in that game, he felt increasingly uncomfortable as the weekend hit. He's currently in a walking boot to help him deal with the pain.
The navicular bone is a small bone on top of the foot, located right before the ankle area. It's typically a more nagging injury, with athletes being slow to recover—especially if the bone is fractured. Red Sox fans should be familiar with navicular bone injuries, as second baseman Dustin Pedroia lost the last three-plus months of his 2010 season after tests revealed a fracture.
If Ellsbury has a similar injury, it would likely end his season. He has dealt with nagging bumps and bruises throughout the season, but has managed to play in 131 games this year after missing more than half of the 2012 campaign.
He's batting .299 with eight home runs and 52 RBI, and he has added 52 stolen bases as Boston's leadoff hitter. Ellsbury is also a free agent after the 2013 season, so his prognosis may play a factor there as well.
Shane Victorino slid into Ellsbury's position in center field and at the leadoff spot. The Red Sox currently hold a 7.5-game lead in the American League East, so they can afford to be patient with his injury.
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