MINNEAPOLIS — Jacoby Ellsbury likely will not play until Friday when the Red Sox return to Boston to face Tampa Bay. There was hope he could play in this series against the Twins, but manager Terry Francona said the left fielder would need more time to get rid of the soreness from bruised ribs suffered in a collision with Adrian Beltre in Kansas City last Sunday.
Francona said the soreness was “more isolated” to a specific area but that Ellsbury still had trouble rotating his body. Half of Ellsbury’s right side was wrapped in ice packs this morning.
“If you’re knee-jerk that’s not gonna do anybody any good,” Francona said.
He added that the decisions he’s made in which he’s given a struggling player a chance to come out of his woes eventually have benefited the team, dating to sticking with slumping Mark Bellhorn at second base in the 2004 playoffs. Bellhorn went on to hit a couple of big homers.