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The Ellsbury dilemma

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  May 28, 2010 10:00 AM

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28637.jpgJacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to see a specialist today to determine the status of his cracked ribs and the apparently related pain he has been experiencing lately.

Ellsbury has been on the active roster for 19 games this season. But he was not available to play on 10 of those days because of the injury. As a result, the Sox have played shorthanded in 20 percent of their games.

At some point soon, the Sox have to decide whether to place Ellsbury back on the disabled list. This injury does not appear to be an easy one to get over. If anything, Ellsbury seems to have gotten worse in the last 36 hours.

It might be time to put him on the shelf again. Terrry Francona has made it very clear that the team is putting the onus on Ellsbury to decide when he's ready.

Given Mike Cameron's injury-related limitations, Darnell McDonald remains a very important player for the Sox.

Globe colleague Tony Massarotti wonders whether Ellsbury wants to play and how much of this is being directed by agent Scott Boras. Those are legitimate questions.

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