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Youkilis questions Ellsbury’s absence

Kevin Youkilis was asked what he thought about Jacoby Ellsbury rejoining the team tonight after spending five weeks in Arizona

“I don’t know what’s going on with Jacoby,” he said. “I don’t think any of us really know.”

Was it strange for Ellsbury to be away from the team that long?

“Don’t go down that road,” Youkilis said. “One thing I can say is there’s a lot of guys here that are hurt and supporting the team. We wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too.”

Plenty of players feel the same way. Youkilis is one of the few with the courage to say it on the record.

Terry Francona’s take:

“He certainly had our blessing to do it. Everything is a little different. There’s always reasons. I don’t think this was malicious, if that’s what people are getting at. It’ll be great to see him. The idea is to get him back on the field and stay on the field, I don’t care what state he does it in.”

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