Jacoby Ellsbury is headed to California and will be examined tomorrow by Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. This will be the third opinion on his fractured ribs. Ellsbury was injured nearly two months ago.
Yocum is the medical director of the Angels and one of the best in the sports medicine business.
The visit was arranged by agent Scott Boras with the approval of the Red Sox. Ellsbury will rejoin the team in Boston Friday.
“We’re trying to get the best information we can to get this defined and get him on his way,” Boras said.
Asked whether Ellsbury had discomfort, Boras said, “Yes. That’s why we’re trying to get more information.”
Terry Francona said the first priority is to make sure that Ellsbury does not have another malady beyond the ribs. If nothing else, he said, this independent voice should help assure Ellsbury that he’s not in any danger should he try to play again.
As for other injuries:
* Jeremy Hermida has made “significant improvement” and could be in the lineup tomorrow against Cleveland righthander Justin Masterson.
* Manny Delcarmen (back) is feeling better but the Sox seem likely to give him another day off.
* J.D. Drew is just getting a day off against a lefthander. As Francona said, a day off for Drew tends to pay dividends in the games that follow. You can expect him in the game should the Sox knock David Huff out of the game.
* Jonathan Papelbon worked out at Fenway today. No word on when he will return from his family leave. He is helping attend to an ill family member.
* Francona’s father, former big leaguer Tito Francona, was at the game yesterday but headed back to his home in the Pittsburgh area afterward. The manager talked about how much his dad enjoys following the Sox on NESN (“With the sound down,” he cracked for the benefit of Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy).
The elder Francona, now 76, played parts of 15 seasons in the majors from 1954-70. According to Francona, his father did not push him into baseball. “He always asked me if I tried hard and had fun,” he said. “Then he’d ask how many hits I had.”
Good lesson there for some parents today. Saw an interview with Bryce Harper on ESPN yesterday and he said it was his goal since he was 7 to be the first pick of the draft. That can’t be healthy.