Jacoby Ellsbury was seen by a thoracic specialist today who agreed with the diagnosis of four cracked ribs.
"I tried to play with some level of discomfort, knowing I wasn't 100 percent. In doing so, it worsened my condition," Ellsbury said.
He was returned to the 15-day disabled list after appearing in only three games. RHP Scott Atchison was recalled from Class AAA Pawtucket.
The specialist told Ellsbury he had to let the ribs heal more before attempting to play again. Ellsbury said he had no timetable for his return, and indicated he would be more cautious than the first time he attempted to return to action from the injury.
Manager Terry Francona said he hoped Ellsbury's DL stint would be "quick." But he also admitted they had no idea how long it would be. It comes down to how Ellsbury feels at this point.
Ellsbury was injured April 11 in Kansas City in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre. Ellsbury has played just nine games this season, three since returning from a rehab assignment in Pawtucket and Portland. But he has been hampered by recurring soreness.
Ellsbury said several times that he and the organization's medical team "are on the same page" in terms of the injury and what should come next.
"It's the same injury," he said. "The condition worsened, which we were all kind of in the understanding that it wouldn't. We're all in the same page as far as that goes."
In retrospect, Ellsbury admitted that he came off the disabled list too quickly.
"We knew, I knew, that there was soreness still in there and I wasn't 100 percent. Or I wasn't full recovered. But we didn't think that it would worsen," Ellsbury said. "I guess the way it looks now, I came back too soon. But the way I felt, the way the medical staff felt, we felt that it was time to [play] obviously. But we knew it wasn't fully healed."
Ellsbury said he needs to be at a "further state of healing" before he returns again.