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Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Posted on: July 10, 2010 5:06 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 11:12 pm
 
Jacoby Ellsbury Injured Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury held several pages of handwritten notes (written, one wonders, by him or agent Scott Boras?) on Saturday as he spoke to reporters and gave his side of the rib injury saga that has derailed his season and apparently put him at odds with teammates.

The team's position is that Ellsbury suffered two injuries: Four fractures suffered in an April collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre, and additional unrelated fractures in a different area of the ribcage that happened as the result of diving for a ball in May.

Ellsbury said Saturday that there was only one injury, in April, and that the Red Sox medical staff had failed to test and diagnose the second set of fractures at the time. He said he and Boras had specifically requested MRI exams of both the front and back of the ribcage, which they contend would have revealed the extent of the injury and changed his rehabilitation plan, but that it wasn't done.

"That's where the pain was -- front and back," he said in the dugout at Rogers Centre, looking at his notes. "That's important to remember that. Front and back. That's what I asked for."

Ellsbury contends that the second "injury" was just pain from strained muscles resulting from trying to play despite the rear fractures.

"By me missing [rehab] time and it getting worse, it just multiplies the situation," he said.

Does this sound to anybody else like a guy in a foam neck collar trying to lay the groundwork for a lawsuit? Not saying he's not right, but Saturday's media session was clearly carefully planned to establish Ellsbury's position and try to cast blame on the team.

Ellsbury already was the subject of whispers and outright complaints about him choosing to rehab at an Arizona training facility rather than staying with the team. Both Ellsbury and the team have said it was the outfielder's choice and that he was away with full permission. After checking in with the team's medical staff this weekend, Ellsbury was to return to Arizona.

It's not clear what Ellsbury and Boras are hoping to gain by this public display, except to form the basis for a financial argument when Ellsbury becomes arbitration-eligible after this season. But it doesn't figure to make Ellsbury any more popular with peers or management.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 11, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Just kidding, Dave.



Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: July 11, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

excellent point ! buncha friggin crybabies trying to avoid the blame where there is really no balme



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: July 11, 2010 11:09 am
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

I know... really! You know every time we hear crap like this we always blame the player. I'm beginning to think MLB needs to rid them of this agent Boras. He seem s to be in the middle of all these stupid moments in baseball. If he'd quit with the bull crap and let his players play we the fans might have a full season of enjoyment. Instead be have an agent who is controling what players play and for what team. Let them play and get out of baseball Boras!



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2010 2:17 am
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

I live in Toronto and up here an M.R.I is "free", with a Doc's prescription but you would probably have to wait till the end of the footall season before you got in for one.  I think Boras is an [rymes with his name], he should have just had another mri done.  He's just taking care of the money; not his client's best interests.
In two or three years very few teams will deal with him.   



Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2010 12:42 am
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Wow.  Doctors, agents, intersquad squabbling.  The drama.  Fenway Zoo?  Couldn't be...



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Sorry, simple mistake. Corrected.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 10, 2010 10:42 pm
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Who knew that Youk was in charge of all medical decisions for the Sox. See? Some of these cbssports.com writers do manage to bring something to the table, afterall.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: July 10, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Ellsbury blames Red Sox medical staff

Ellsbury already was the subject of whispers and about him choosing to rehab at an Arizona training facility rather than staying with the team. Both Ellsbury and the team have said it was the first baseman's choice and that he was away with full permission. After checking in with the team's medical staff this weekend, Ellsbury was to return to Arizona

First Baseman? here I thought he roamed center field.


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