Terry Francona confirmed that Jacoby Ellsbury will be with the team in Toronto Friday so he can be evaluated by the Sox medical staff. The plan is for Ellsbury to return to Boston and then head to Fort Myers Monday to workout.
Francona said ‘We’re excited to see where he’s at.”
Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras elected to have their rehab for an additional broken posterior rib (after four ribs had healed) at Athletes Performance in Arizona. All of Ellsbury’s other injured teammates have stayed with the team.
Ellsbury will be able to work his way back into playing shape in Fort Myers with the Gulf Coast team where there’s also a complete medical staff.
Ellsbury has played nine games this season. He initially broke four ribs April 11th in KC after a collision with Adrian Beltre.
The Sox activated Ryan Shealy, a 6-5, 230-pound first baseman, who has played for Colorado and Kansas City and was in Pawtucket. Shealy spent the first part of the season in Durham, whioch so happens to be Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate, but he exercised a June 15th opt-out.
After being left short at first base when Kevin Youkilis went down with a right ankle cramp in the fourth inning which necessitated Niuman Romero to be thrust into playing first base and hitting cleanup, the Sox decided to protect themselves by designating Romero for assignment and calling up Shealy.
“It was real exciting to get the call, and it happened real quick,” Shealy said. “I flew out of Lehigh Valley at 7 a.m. this morning. “I just to fit in where ever I can and just drive in some runs and when called upon do my job.”
Shealy said he’s swinging the bat well right now.
“I got off to a rough start, but now I’m feeling real good at the plate,” Shealy said., “I don’t think anyone counted on all these injuries so I just tried to do my thing down there and if something presented itself I was going to be ready.”
Shealy recalls hearing from his agent that he was nearly traded to the Red Sox in 2006.
Shealy said he opted out of his TB contract because “They were loaded with corner infielders even in Triple-A, so I thought this was a better opportunity just to get some at-bats.”
Shealy said he was aware of the situation with Mike Lowell, but he said, “for me it was just a place to go where I could get at-bats.”
Shealy missed all of 2009 with microfracture surgery on his right knee which came about because of excessive wear and tear. “I was just running into second base and I felt something and the next day it was all swollen up. That shut me down.”
“This year I’ve been playing catch-up trying to get back to where I was a couple of years ago,” Shealy said. “So far it feels good. No complaints.”
Manny Delcarmen threw a side session yesterday. Looks like Delcarmen will be able to make it back by July 16, his earliest reinstatement date. Correction: Delcarmen did not throw a side session, but is scheduled to do so in Toronto this weekend.
Francona continued to have no real timetable on Victor Martinez’ return from a thumb fracture.
Francona said the Sox will likely move Jed Lowrie around to different infield positions, but perhaps not right away. Lowrie recently joined the Lowell Spinners.
Felix Doubrant remains with the team and may be used in relief on Sunday. He’ll likely go back to Triple-A when Buchholz is ready to take his turn in the rotation. Buchholz threw what Francona described as an “aggressive” side session of 44 pitches. He was also going out to do his agility drills to test his hamstring.