Jacoby Ellsbury spoke to reporters today for the first time since he injured his right shoulder on Friday.
Holding his right arm at an angle and pressed up against his chest, Ellsbury repeated the same themes several times:
1. He is icing the shoulder to get the swelling out.
2. Once the swelling subsides, he can start exercises.
3. There is no timetable.
4. Everybody is on the same page.
Elllsbury was injured trying to break up a double play. Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on him, causing a subluxation (or partial dislocation) of his shoulder.
“I looked at it one time and once was enough for me. Just kind of wanted to see exactly what happened. I had a pretty good understanding,” Ellsbury said. “You’ve got to stay positive. There’s never a good time for an injury. I’ll definitely be back playing. The team, as of late, has been playing great. I’m excited for them to continue to play well.”
Ellsbury confirmed that surgery will not be needed.
“We ruled it out. As of right now, I’m focused on getting my work in and getting back as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ll be playing this year, hopefully sooner than later.”
Ellsbury said there has not been any discussion about where he would do the bulk of his rehab work. In 2010, when he suffered fractured ribs, Ellsbury left the team for several weeks and rehabbed at a private facility near his home in Arizona.
Ellsbury has not yet had a follow-up examination of his shoulder. Once the swelling goes down, doctors should be able to get a better idea of his condition.
Ellsbury was in a sling this morning when he attended a Dunkin’ Donuts event at Fenway Park.