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Report: Jacoby Ellsbury joins Mike Cameron on DL for Red Sox

Apr 20, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

The Boston Globe reports that Jacoby Ellsbury will land on the 15-day disabled list nine days after he suffered bruised ribs in a collision with Adrian Beltre while trying to catch a foul popup.
Replacing him on the roster will be veteran Darnell McDonald, who was off to a stellar .341/.372/.683 start in 41 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old saw time with the Reds last year and hit .267/.306/.400 in 105 at-bats.
Ellsbury’s DL assignment will be backdated, meaning he could return in a week. The Red Sox were hopeful he’d be back by now after two rounds of X-rays found no breaks, but he still feels pain while swinging a bat.
It will be interesting to see whether McDonald or top prospect Josh Reddick plays more in the short-term. Reddick was the choice to replace Mike Cameron on the roster earlier in the day, but he was hitting just .179/.200/.359 for Pawtucket and he’s no better of a defender in center than McDonald. Still, it would make sense for Boston to use the lefty-swinging Reddick against righties and McDonald versus lefties.

  1. Big Harold - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    “McDonald, who was off to a stellar .341/.372/.683 start in 41 at-bats for Triple-A Pawtucket. The 31-year-old …”
    So the 27 year old that was first replaced by the 37 year old is now replaced by a 31 year old minor league player. But, the good news is McDonald is off to a stellar start.
    But, the Red Sox are also bring up the phenom Reddick who was hitting just .179/.200/.359.
    And the Nation was worried about run prevention? Right there is all the run prevention they’re going to need. Or be able to stand for that matter.
    How long is it going to be before that Nation stops calling for the likes of Ortiz, Drew, Lowell, Matsuzaka and Capt. Bench Warmer to be thrown overboard and starts calling for Gorilla Boy to be jettisoned?

  2. aceshigh - Apr 20, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    This is an unadulterated nightmare. If they don’t stop the skid tonight and right the ship by the weekend, they’ll be in a hole that will be nigh on impossible to climb out of, ‘cuz you KNOW the Yankees and the Rays won’t relent one bit.

  3. Erik - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Most Sox fans these days kind of make me ill. And I’m a Sox fan. Two weeks into the season and they’re calling for the head of the GM on a platter. No matter what the media tried to tell us, this is a rebuilding year. Get over it. If you can’t be a fan without the team winning the World Series every year, then get the heck out. We don’t want you.

  4. scatterbrian - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Probably because there are enough level-headed people in said Nation who understand that 13 games doesn’t cancel out several years of sustained success.
    I understand that may sound goofy, implying there are level-headed members of Red Sox Nation, but that’s not as goofy as firing an obviously successful GM after a crummy two weeks to start the season.

  5. Old Gator - Apr 20, 2010 at 7:42 PM

    Now now, last time I looked the Borg and the Rays were just as subject to the thousand mortal shocks the flesh is heir to as the Beanbags. Salman Rushdie once wrote that life is very long, and of course if he’d been a man of tastes more refined than your average cricket or backandforthandbackandforthball fan he might have noted that the same is true of the baseball season. Any old thing can happen. Teams inexplicably plough themselves into slumps all the time. Go find a package of hatpins and some small rag dolls (easier to perforate than bobbleheads), put in an hour or two with your local houngan, learn the veves, the rada-peto-nego rhythms and the incantations, and stop bemoaning fate and tempt a little fate of your own. YankeesfanLen has a pretty good head start on you, but he has to go to work once in a while, and you can catch up.

  6. Big Harold - Apr 21, 2010 at 2:43 PM

    “… but that’s not as goofy as firing an obviously successful GM after a crummy two weeks to start the season.”
    Obviously successful, in what regard? Surely you won’t point to the two World Series. The first one was clearly the result of players that he did not assemble. The second, to a very large extent, too was the 04 leftover players and in large part due to guys like Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. That wasn’t his trade. When that trade was made he had already taken it on the lamb in his gorilla suit. They were already in place when he returned to his senses. His signature GM moves are the likes of Rentaria, Lugo, Crisp, Smoltz, Penny Cameron and Scutaro. He’s also renown for letting guys like Damon and Bay leave without having a “plan B” in the offing. For all the good he did bringing Schilling to the Red Sox how’d he lose out on A-Rod and Teixeia to his divisional rivals?
    Epstein is more a product of marketing and hype than substance. He’s a GM for a big money team and behaves like he’s a small market team, trying to win on the cheap. Outside of the Nation, he is not impressive and I don’t expect the Red Sox back in the World Series anytime soon.

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