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Jacoby Ellsbury diagnosed with a compression fracture in his foot

Sep 8, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury AP

Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot, reports’s Ian Browne. Ellsbury hasn’t played since his 3-for-6 game against the Yankees on Thursday, during which he fouled a ball off his foot. The Red Sox expect their speedy outfielder back before the end of the season.

Dustin Pedroia suffered a similar, albeit worse, injury. Via Alex Speier of WEEI:

Given that Ellsbury was able to play on his foot after suffering the fracture to his navicular bone, it would appear he is in a separate category of injury from teammate Dustin Pedroia, whose final three months were largely erased by a more severe navicular fracture.

“I talked to him when he did it. He was asking me about it, because it’s kind of the same area. I just told him, when I did mine, I couldn’t walk right away. So if something’s wrong, it’s a good sign that you were able to go run and do things,” said Pedroia. “We’ve got to get him better. He’s a huge part of what we do.”

Ellsbury has had a very productive season. Along with great defense, he leads the American League with 52 stolen bases and is a point under .300 in batting average. He is expected to be among the most highly-pursued free agents during the off-season.

  1. theskinsman - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    This just sucks.JB Jr. will be a good one, but the Sox need Ells experience in playoff games. Oh, well.

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      If history is any indicator, Ellsbury would only be available for less than 3/4 of the playoff games anyway.

  2. thebigtim2012 - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Good luck on your new team next year glass man

  3. tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I’m wondering how Scott Boras spins this into a positive to earn him more money.

    I’m assuming it’ll be in the vein of The World According to Garp and he will point out how slim the chances of an injury like this happening twice are.

    In a sense, Ellsbury has been “pre-disastered” against another broken foot.

    In fact, really he’s a huge bargain for whatever team signs him because of the lengthy list of injuries he is unlikely to suffer again.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      That last sentence was very funny.

    • jcmeyer10 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      It’s how the the optimistic Pats fans framed the Danny Amendola signing.

  4. henryd3rd - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    He’s an exciting player; but he’s a fragile as glass. Unfortunately for him this is his walk year and you know BorAss will try and spin this injury in positive direction. Buyer beware.

  5. pgilbert2013 - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Jacoby you got three weeks to walk it off… Okay maybe, more like lay it off (get Netflix and watch all 5 seasons of Trailer Boys and The League)…

    A couple of foot massages from your gal pal and its time for the post season!

  6. Glenn - Sep 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    I am amazed that people continue to think that broken bones and collision injuries mean that a player is fragile. Ellsbury is unlucky, but he isn’t fragile.

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      I used to say the same thing about Trot Nixon. “Freak occurrence”

      At some point you have to accept that whether it is fragility or bad luck….it doesn’t make a difference when it is keeping someone’s ass off the field.

      JD Drew was a whiny little bitch. Jacoby Ellsbury is tough as nails. What difference does it make if they are both missing half the season every year?

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        Oh, lay off on Drew. What exactly made him a “whiny little bitch”?

        I don’t remember him ever complaining. He never showed ANY emotion, which was one of the big things that people complained about…a ridiculous complain, if you ask me.

        He carried the entire Sox on his back offensively a few times for weeks at a time.

        Then there was THE grand slam in 2007…and the uber-clutch hit in the 2008 ALCS which saved their season momentarily.

        He wasn’t worth the money, but he wasn’t a bust either.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        I wasn’t saying he WAS a whiny bitch in that instance….I was using the perception as a bookend for my point that it doesn’t matter WHY those guys missed games, what mattered is they DID miss games.

        However I agree, JD Drew definitely had his moments with the team….but he missed out on a lot more of them because he spent so much time missing games because he was a whiny little bitch.

      • jwbiii - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        He wasn’t worth the money

        In 2007, free agents cost $8.3m/bWAR or $7.3m/fWAR. Alfonso Soriano and Barry Zito still have open contracts and they aren’t going to make that look any better. J.D. Drew delivered $6.3m/bWAR or $5.6m/fWAR. He was a bargain.

  7. aceshigh11 - Sep 8, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Ah, that sucks. Hope he comes back soon…we’re gonna need him.

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