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Report: Jacoby Ellsbury out at least six weeks with shoulder dislocation

Apr 13, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Gordon Edes of reports that Ellsbury does indeed have a dislocation or partial dislocation of his right shoulder and will miss a minimum of six weeks. He is scheduled to undergo more testing to make sure the shoulder did not sustain additional damage.

10:04 PM: Alex Speier of was told by an “industry source with knowledge of the situation” that Ellsbury likely suffered a dislocation or subluxation of his right shoulder.

The Red Sox have yet to make an official announcement on his status, but if Speier’s report proves correct, Ellsbury could miss up to six to eight weeks. There’s also the possibility that he could need season-ending surgery if the shoulder fails to respond to rest and rehabilitation.

8:49 PM: According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Jacoby Ellsbury was sent to Massachusetts General Hospital in order to undergo tests, including an MRI exam, on his right shoulder. Ellsbury left this afternoon’s game against the Rays in the bottom of the fourth inning after sliding into second base and having Reid Brignac fall directly on top of him.

The full extent of the injury isn’t yet known, but the Red Sox are already preparing for life without him. At least for a little while. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the club is planning to make a roster move and Triple-A Pawtucket radio announcer Aaron Goldsmith notes that prospect outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin was scratched from tonight’s lineup. Seems like he’ll get the call.

In the interim, the Red Sox will likely start Darnell McDonald, Cody Ross and Ryan Sweeney from left to right in the outfield while Mike Aviles figures to slide into the leadoff spot. Be afraid, American League hurlers.

  1. 13yrsmlbvet - Apr 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Friend just saw Ells and Varitek eating at Ruths Chris in Boston and he was fine.

  2. vallewho - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Only a few days ago, they could have signed Damon.

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      …to play center?

      • vallewho - Apr 14, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        RF…Crawford to CF if he gets back anytime soon..and one of the other guys keeps playing LF

      • vallewho - Apr 14, 2012 at 3:01 AM

        time-travel fantasy anyway. The sox have lost their premier outfilders.

  3. warpd - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    No Red Sox fan here, but this sucks. This dude is nails.

  4. gotampabay52 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Fragile-bury, Fragile-bury….
    Hey they say when you quick drinking likely to get hurt. beer pong hurt crawford’s wrist…..

    • hittfamily - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Holy cow. He used a comma and a period.

      • cur68 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        AND a hyphen. 2 of ’em in fact. There is hope. We can rebuild him.

      • frankvzappa - Apr 14, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        Don’t forget two failed attempts at an ellipsis…

      • cur68 - Apr 15, 2012 at 1:06 PM

        Focus on the positive, Frankie. S’like training a dog.

    • ray1950 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Some people should never be allowed access to a computer, if for no other reason than it prevents them from exposing their shortcomings in the brains department.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        Enough with the “Ellsbury is fragile” bullshit.

        He was misdiagnosed two seasons ago, which is why he was out so long.

        He MORE than proved himself last year, and the injury he suffered today could have happened to ANYONE.

  5. gotampabay52 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Tough as nails has he played a full season? Puss-shwa

    • teaspoon1731 - Apr 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      he was fine all of last season and was runner up for mvp.

      and before you go mocking him for being fragile, that injury was no joke. it’s not like he slide wrong or pulled a muscle batting or something equally weak. brignac and him both landed on that shoulder. not many people would have escaped that unscathed.

    • wendell7 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      gotampabay52, how did your ace look yesterday? I guess 3 innings isn’t much of a sample size

    • wendell7 - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      your team, and your ace got clobbered yesterday

      sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth (or comment on a baseball blog) and remove all doubt

  6. aceshigh11 - Apr 13, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    (sorry, meant to post this as a comment, not a response to anyone)

    Enough with the “Ellsbury is fragile” bullshit.

    He was misdiagnosed two seasons ago, which is why he was out so long.

    He MORE than proved himself last year, and the injury he suffered today could have happened to ANYONE.

    • bigharold - Apr 14, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      “He was misdiagnosed two seasons ago…”

      Which has to make one wonder just how much confidence he has in the RS medical staff.

      • aceshigh11 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        Very true, which is why the Sox fired most of their medical and training staff in the offseason.

        Between all the money Theo has wasted on Lackey, Crawford, etc., and how Ellsbury was disparaged by the Boston media in 2010, I’m afraid that NO amount of money, even if they COULD afford it (a big “if”) will keep him with the Sox…

        …and frankly, I don’t blame him if he wants to leave.

  7. hammyofdoom - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Well this does suck, but as long as he’s back in late May the Sox will still be at least alright. Seriously when I saw that injury my fear was that something was torn in that shoulder which would have most likely doomed the Sox.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 14, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      Yeah, this sucks, but if Crawford can come back by the start of May and not play like a shell of his former self again they should be able to at least keep it together until Ellsbury gets back.

  8. hittfamily - Apr 14, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Josh Beckett ate Jobu’s sacrificed chicken, and drank Jobu’s rum.

    Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. Is very bad.

  9. dinkydow - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    My son tends bar at a local watering hole and he said that “Last night, there was a couple that were drunker than a Red Sox pitcher in the 9th inning.”

  10. spudchukar - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    A luxury tax paying team with an outfield of McDonald, Sweeney, and Ross. Sounds more like the guys managing the taxes for Boston than their starting outfield trio.

  11. randygnyc - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM


  12. dan46778 - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    That mean more fried chicken and beer

  13. dan46778 - Apr 14, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    That means he can have more fried chicken and beer

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