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Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game with heel injury

Mar 24, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury AP

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury turned his ankle returning to first base on a Cliff Lee pickoff attempt in this afternoon’s game against the Phillies. He initially stayed in the game but was taken out in the bottom of the second.

The Red Sox were being cautious and Ellsbury doesn’t think it’s a big deal, according to Chris Girandola:

Ellsbury said if it had been a regular-season contest he would have continued playing.

“I told (Red Sox trainer Rick Jameyson) ‘Hey, tape it up and let’s go,’ but they wanted to be cautious about it,” Ellsbury said.

Farrell said Ellsbury would be re-evaluated on Monday, but the Red Sox skipper was “cautiously optimistic” Ellsbury would be available for the rest of spring training after Monday’s contest against the Orioles and an off-day on Tuesday.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    See ya in August.

    I know, I know….freak injury, he’s not actually injury-prone….just like Trot and Nomar.

    • revansrevenant - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      No, you are absolutely correct. He is injury prone. Although given the Red Sox history with injury prone players I believe it is an organizational problem. Either A: they have problems recognizing that trait when they draft, or what I think is vastly more likely is that they just don’t take care of their players correctly.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        All I know is that, as far as the Red Sox training staff goes, I believe the have the best Leech Applier in all of major league baseball.

      • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        “… the best Leech Applier in all of major league baseball.”

        He’ll be lucky not to lose the foot.

        Doom Watch anyone?

  2. thebadguyswon - Mar 24, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Gearing up for that massive free agent payday next winter.

  3. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Garciaparra was not injury prone in Boston. Try again buttfer

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      Averaging 104 games from 2001 to 2004 doesn’t qualify?

      Okie doke.

  4. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    People are so ignorant sometimes. Ellsbury jammed his heel. He’s fine. All of a sudden that slide is due to poor training? Clueless.

  5. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    2001 he was hurt. 2002 156. 2003 156. 2004 he was traded. Nimrod.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      He played in 81 TOTAL games in 2004.

      At least extract your head from your ass before trying to talk smack on a subject you didn’t even bother to research.

      Not to mention I didn’t even MENTION Boston in my initial post about his injury-proneness.

      Not counting his rookie year the guy averaged 108 games a season, FFS.

      “Oh, but he played a lot his first four seasons….you know….BEFORE he got regularly lost time every season to multiple DL trips….but that doesn’t make him injury prone!”

  6. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Oh. The first 4 years prior to 2001? 153. 143. 135. And 140. Go troll somewhere else. Seriously.

  7. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Drew while not un brittle played in over 100 games in Boston every year except the last year. 140 109 137 and 139. He was never the healthiest even in St Louis. Blame the sox trainers. In LA he lasted 72. Blame the Red Sox.

  8. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    I don’t care how many games he played for the Cubs. You made a Red Sox training statement. Which is far from fact. He had a wrist injury. What? Trainers didn’t work his wrist hard enough? Oh boy. In 96 he was a late call up. 24 games. Not hurt. Keep skewing the numbers. If you are hurt one year that brings down the average. Nice try. He was hurt one year and a segment of 04 in Boston. Like I said. Try again.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM


      He missed the first SIXTY games of the 2004 season for the RED SOX.

      And as far as the Sox training staff goes….yeah. It’s terrible. No other team has as many injuries, nor as many minor injuries that turn into a series.

      There is something wrong there, and there has been for a long time.

      • oldpaddy - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        If I’m not mistaken, nomar got the wrist injury from a retaliation pitch from an Orioles pitcher. Nomar seemed to be the go to hbp after pedro would bean someone.
        The nomar wrist injury happened during the yawkey trust years, the training staffs have changed MANY times since that year .

      • polonelmeagrejr - Mar 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        needlesss name callling. THis is not even baseball it’s a board talking about baseball. You want to call someone a dumbass go on the political boards; there are many.many candidates to choose from.

  9. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    135 games or more 6 of 7 full seasons in Boston. Fact. Anyone reading this can see you are back tracking.

  10. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Let me know when you graduate from med school. Btw. They didn’t even lead the league I games lost to injury last year. The Padres and Yankees did. 3 year average the Nationals and Yankees lead. Stop making stuff up. Lol. As they say in grade school: busted. Have the sox lost a lot? Yep. Is it because of the trainers? Doubtful. But no. They haven’t had more than any other team. You are full of non facts tonight

    • hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Funny how facts are thumbed down. Tbuttfer must have more than one log-in haha. Sources is Fangraphs. Look it up.
      If you are going to single out Boston trainers, you may as well jump on the Yankees, because they have lost more days to the DL than any other team since 2009.

  11. hitdog042 - Mar 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Btw. Name calling? Lol. Someone is fired up when proven wrong. Love it.

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      “hitdog042 – Mar 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      2001 he was hurt. 2002 156. 2003 156. 2004 he was traded. Nimrod.”

      You really are dumb. For the record.

      But I assume everyone who posts regularly is already aware.

  12. tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM


  13. tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    Learn to

  14. tfbuckfutter - Mar 24, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    Reply correctly.

    It’s annoying.

  15. retaeyssup - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    Someone got served.

  16. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Funny. I type on a phone. When factually proven wrong that’s all you have left. Someone got served alright.

  17. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Oldpatty you are 100% correct. The only injuries that can really be tied to trainers are if they clear a player too early. Ellsbury diving for a ball and ripping up his shoulder is a sports injury not a training injury. The criticism came when the sox were perceived to rush him back as well as Ortiz. The act of getting hurt isn’t a training issue unless we are talking hamstring pulls and things of that nature. HPB and hard plays are part of the game. The notion is laughable.

  18. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I will add that Garciaparra did have hamstring issues at times.. you probably should have led with that to back your argument. Or Lackey and Dice’s arm troubles. You simply chose a bad example. But even Lackey has admitted that the trainers told him he should shut it down and it was his call to continue to pitch, so maybe that one doesn’t hold up either. Nomar’s hammy issues raise questions about PED use (not accusing him, but that injury and PED use has been tied in the past).

    My main point is everyone wants someone to blame. Conspiracy theories abound surround the Red Sox every year. Unfortunately, medical facts don’t back up the accusations 99 percent of the time.

    Some players are what they are. Either they play recklessly (Nixon, Ellsbury) or they are just unlucky, And by playing recklessly, I mean they play the game hard and give up their body to make a play. I’m ok with that. i

    Nobody here can fault Ellsbury for not trying to play the game with all he has. Same goes for Nixon. Even Drew defensively. We are talking three players who constantly put their bodies on the line to make plays.

    as for Ortiz, he’s a heavy man getting older with heel issues. I’m not sure I see Philadelphia fans getting on them for Howard’s injury

  19. hitdog042 - Mar 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Agreed polonelmeagrejr. Thanks for the post.

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