Ellsbury may miss rest of regular season

Jacoby Ellsbury is scheduled to return to Boston sometime today and could be shut down for the remainder of the regular season after his exam in Los Angeles with Dr. Lewis Yocum revealed a possible refracture or new fracture of a rib, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

The story was first reported by ESPNBoston.

It would not appear the team would take the chance to get Ellsbury ready to play again this late into the season and it’s unknown whether the team would entertain Ellsbury returning for the post-season if they got that far.

Ellsbury has played only 18 games this season due to five fractured ribs incurred on April 11th after a collision with Adrian Beltre in Kansas City. Ellsbury was placed on the disabled list for a third time when he collided with Texas righty Tommy Hunter at first base in the first inning last Friday after having returned for nine games saince being reinstated from the disabled list.

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that nothing has been decided and that Yocum and Red Sox physician Dr. Thomas Gill are expected to discuss the injury sometime today.

“Nothing official,” said Francona. “I know he saw Dr. Yocum. I just talked to Tom Gill a minute ago. He said, they’re planning on talking tomorrow morning. I think Ells is grabbing the redeye home, so the plan was to meet with him tomorrow and we’ll kind of get everybody involved and kind of assess what the plan is. Nothing official tonight.”

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