TORONTO -- Sitting in the visitors dugout at Rogers Centre prior to the Red Sox' game with the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon, Jacoby Ellsbury went through the timeline of both his rib injuries and the treatment he received while referencing notes written on sheets of paper. Of note was Ellsbury making it clear that his dive in Philadelphia, which had originally been identified as the cause for his latest injury, wasn't the cause for the broken rib that led to his recent rehab in Arizona. Some of the major points of the briefing (which went 10 minutes, 30 second before a question was asked) were:
- Ellsbury said that injury suffered in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre in Kansas City -- later diagnosed as four broken ribs -- was described to him as a bruise, and when the outfielder asked for an MRI he was told that the team didn't give MRIs for bruises.
- Six days after the injury he was prescribed Vicodin, Celebrex, and a shot as a "last-ditch effort" to get in the games without going on the disabled list, which Ellsbury said he didn't want to go on.
- After a call to his agent, Scott Boras, Ellsbury was able to schedule an MRI, which he requested to be both for the front and back. The MRI showed that he had four broken ribs.
- After a period of time the front of his ribs -- where the four broken ribs were found -- felt better, but he still had a discomfort in his back. Ellsbury went on rehab assignments before coming back to the team, playing his first game off the DL, in Philadelphia. In that game in Philly he made a diving catch with the Red Sox medical staff later identified as the problem for his fractured rib in his back. He noted, however, that after the dive against the Phillies there was no symptom change.
- After feeling a sharp pain when taking extra swings in Tampa Bay, Ellsbury was looked at by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles. The determination was that he had a broken rib, which was what was the cause of the discomfort in his back. "With Dr. Yocum, what we were told was that that injury happened in Kansas City," Ellsbury said.
- When asked about Kevin Youkilis' comments that Ellsbury should be with the team, the outfielder said, "I got the Red Sox blessing when I went (to Athletes Performance). The biggest thing is I was in constant contact with my teammates and constant contact with the medical staff and trainers -- everybody. Obviously in the best-case scenario, yeah, I would like to be with the team, but for me to get better the Red Sox thought it be best if I went out to Arizona. I talked to them today and they said, 'Yeah, we back you 100 percent. That's what we thought was best for you and you getting back playing and being productive."
For the entire transcript of Ellsbury's interview see the Full Count Blog by clicking here.
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