BOSTON -- Injured center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury made an appearance in the Red Sox clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, keeping his right arm bent at a 90-degree angle in tight to his body to protect his partially dislocated right shoulder.
Ellsbury, who suffered the injury trying to break up a double play against Tampa Bay last Friday on Opening Day at Fenway Park, said he’s trying to maintain a positive attitude despite any frustration he might feel about being sidelined.
He also said he has no idea when he might be able to return to the lineup.
“We’re icing it right now. A lot of that. When the swelling [goes down] we’ll start strengthening and rehab. As far as a timetable, I don’t have one. Strength and rehab,” said Ellsbury, the runner-up in the MVP voting a year ago.
As for possible surgery, Ellsbury, who received a second opinion on his MRI exams from noted California orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum on Tuesday, said “we ruled that out.”
Ellsbury was hurt when Tampa Bay shortstop Reid Brignac landed heavily on Ellsbury's right shoulder after turning the double play.
“I’ve looked [at the replay of the mishap] one time. Once was enough for me. I play the game the right way. I was trying to break up a double play. That was two guys going hard, playing the game the right way. I’m just trying to stay positive. I’ll be playing this year, hopefully sooner than later,” said the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder.
Ellsbury was limited to only 18 games in the 2010 season because of a rib injury, but bounced back last year in a big way, hitting .321 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs along with 39 stolen bases, mostly out of the leadoff position.