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Ellsbury being sent for exam

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 13, 2010 11:44 PM

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Jacoby Ellsbury is being sent back to Boston tomorrow to be examined.

He landed on the same spot where he fractured his ribs in April. At the moment, it sounds like a possible return to the DL.

Also Jed Lowrie left the game with heat exhaustion. He had two bags of saline solution after the game. He said he was feeling the effects of the heat when he made the errant throw that helped the Rangers score the tying run in the eighth inning.

The Red Sox may need to make a roster move or two before tomorrow night's game.

UPDATE, 1:35 a.m.: There was a little confusion on the Ellsbury situation. Terry Francona said he was being sent to California to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum. But Ellsbury said he was being sent back to Boston.

He is going to have an MRI at Massachusetts General.

Ellsbury was re-injured in the first inning when he hit a slow grounder up the first-base line and collided with Texas starter Tommy Hunter, who raced to the bag to make the play. Ellsbury tumbled over Hunter.

He stayed in the game until the bottom of the fourth inning when Eric Patterson went out to center field.

"Unfortunately he managed to fall right on the same spot," Francona said. "It's very concerning. The exam that [head athletic trainer Mike Reinold] did, it was very concerning. We'll get him looked as as quickly as we can so we can try and make a decision going forward. ... He's pretty sore, we'll see."

Ellsbury is 4 for 34 (.118) with no extra-base hits, four runs scored, two RBIs and five stolen bases in nine games since returning. The Sox were 5-4 in those games.

With Mike Cameron on the disabled list and possibly done for the season, the Red Sox could have to go with Ryan Kalish or Darnell McDonald in center field the rest of the way. Josh Reddick, who has started to hit the ball for Pawtucket, is another possibility.

UPDATE, 1:56 a.m.: Here is what Ellsbury told reporters after the game:

"I just landed on my side and back and got that sharp pain in there. I tried to play through it. ... I didn't want to come out of the game. That was the biggest thing. Tito and I talked, and he took me out. We'll get it looked at tomorrow.

"I really don't want to compare it (to the previous injury)," he said. "We'll keep our fingers crossed and try to be optimistic about it."

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