LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein wanted to make it clear that outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is healthy and will be ready to go for spring training.
Ellsbury was limited to just 18 games last season due to three separate rib injuries, and Epstein explained Tuesday night that while there’s still a line showing up on his scans, Ellsbury is asymptomatic.
Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, is in town for the winter meetings at Disney’s Dolphin Hotel, and confirmed his client is healthy.
“He’s doing great. He’s been working out and it’s just taking time,” Boras said. “He went through a season where his ribs were never fully healed. He attempted to come back a number of times, but now with time of being able to let the bones and fractures come to grips, the only thing we’re concerned about is we have to keep Jacoby away from Adrian Beltre.”
While Epstein and Boras both pronounced Ellsbury ready to go, manager Terry Francona said Tuesday afternoon that the outfielder is “still feeling it in the back a little.”
Ellsbury has been working out at Athletes’ Performance in Arizona this offseason.
It seemed that Ellsbury’s situation last season was a touchy subject with the Red Sox and Boras, but the agent stressed that everything is fine between the two sides.
“What I’m most concerned about is Jacoby’s health is restored and he’s getting the proper medical treatment and he’s on the right conditioning plan,” Boras said. “Theo and I were in communication throughout the summer, and we’re fine with it.”