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Update on Ellsbury

Apparently, when Jacoby Ellsbury said he was feeling great before tonight’s game, he was. It was only after that, when he was in the cage with hitting coach Dave Magadan, that the soreness and discomfort in his side appeared.

Ellsbury immediately got an X-ray at Tropicana Field, was examined by the Rays doctor, and received a CT scan. There will be follow-ups to those tests, as well. But the Sox don’t exactly know what’s wrong with the outfielder, who came off the disabled list against the Phillies this weekend.

As manager Terry Francona said, “It was all good news. It’s still, according to their doctor, symptomatic, or how he feels.

“I think he got a little nervous. I understand that.”

Asked if the side soreness was related to Ellsbury’s ribs, Francona said, “It’s hard to imagine it’s not. It was in a different area, a little bit over to the side.”

The Sox were concerned enough to keep Darnell McDonald on the roster, instead of designating him for assignment, as they had planned. Francona said that it’s unlikely that Ellsbury will start tomorrow’s game against the Rays.

“It’s an hour and a half before the game,” Francona said. “We’re trying to cover ourselves everywhere. Thankfully guys in the front office are pretty careful about making the moves late. So we got Mac on the phone, told him we were thrilled with the adjustments he made while he was gone, Come on back.”

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