Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 9/9/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. If the Red Sox are to win the World Series, they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday, manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot, and if history is any guide, will miss at least a month. Farrell believes Ellsbury will return this season, but realistically, it’s hard to say that with complete conviction. “The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” Farrell said. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. . . . We’re hopeful in the regular season.” The news isn’t worst-case for the speedster, sparkplug, and superlative defender — that would be a break requiring season-ending surgery — but it’s definitely not good. Herald | Replacing Jacoby Ellsbury in lineup not easy Ruh-roh. Now, ESPN is saying it should only be 10 days, and a worst-case scenario of the final week of the regular season. (Then again, we heard similar estimates about Clay Buchholz when he first went down, and he was out three months.) It's not really in John Farrell's best interest to be doom-and-gloom, and the Red Sox have a history of either misestimating injuries, or flat-out lying about them. So let's go with the Herald's estimate. Let's say he misses a month and maybe he's eligible for the postseason, or comes back part way through a series (if they're still around when he's healthy). Yes, Shane Victorino has had an excellent year, especially given the expectations coming in. He can slide over the center if need be, and the Sox probably can trust him to hit leadoff (his OPS hitting leadoff this year is 100 points lower than when he is hitting 2nd, but he's only led off in six games). And of course there's JBJ, who we're all very excited about and really WANT to play well, but might just not be ready. His 2013 major league season has not been encouraging, what with his sub-600 OPS, but in his two games since being recalled he's 2-for-6 with a couple of walks, so maybe he just needed another year at AAA. The Sox wouldn't be dealt a death-blow by Ellsbury not returning -- they can shift Victorino, JBJ, Daniel Nava, Mike Carp, Jonny Gomes, and even Quintin Berry in and out of positions depending on the need, offensively or defensively. But Ellsbury has been so solid and consistent this year, there's no doubt that losing him for the duration puts a little more pressure on everyone else to be at their best. On page 2, finally, Clay Buchholz is returning. As expected, Clay Buchholz has been penciled in for a start against the Rays in Tropicana Field Tuesday, when the Boston Red Sox open a three-game series against Tampa Bay, manager John Farrell said. Buchholz threw a bullpen Sunday after making three rehab starts. "Seventy-five to 80 pitches is probably a reasonable number to throw,'' Farrell said. "We know there will be an increase in intensity, as we look for him to make that first step back.'' If Buchholz does indeed start Tuesday night in the Trop, it will be 94 days since he made his last start, June 8 against the Angels, in which he was a 7-2 winner and ran his record to 9-0, his ERA at a major league-best 1.71. ESPNBoston | Clay Buchholz to return Tuesday For one night I imagine all Sox fans will turn into amateur pitching coaches. We'll be watching his command and location and seeing how long he can go on his pitch count. The thing I'll most be looking for is how he can place his breaking ball, which was devastating early in the year. If he can still snap that off whenever he needs to, I'll be confident he can return to form. Herald | Clay Buchholz all set for start at TB | Despite loss, Red Sox impress in New York | ESPNBoston | Yanks avoid sweep despite Mariano Rivera's blown save | Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3 | Farrell: Jacoby Ellsbury should return | Will Ellsbury's foot slow Red Sox? | CSNNE | Ellsbury has fracture, but likely not out for season | Sox can't sweep Yankees, lose 4-3 | One that got away from Workman, Sox | Globe | Sox: Ellsbury has fracture, but should return | Buchholz ready to rejoin rotation Tuesday | Yankees overcome Mo's blown save, beat Red Sox 4-3 If the Red Sox are to win the World Series, they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday, manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot, and if history is any guide, will miss at least a month. Farrell believes Ellsbury will return this season, but realistically, it’s hard to say that with complete conviction. “The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” Farrell said. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. . . . We’re hopeful in the regular season.” The news isn’t worst-case for the speedster, sparkplug, and superlative defender — that would be a break requiring season-ending surgery — but it’s definitely not good. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/09/replacing_jacoby_ellsbury_in_lineup_not_easy#sthash.fUsERYPE.dpuf If the Red Sox are to win the World Series, they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday, manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot, and if history is any guide, will miss at least a month. Farrell believes Ellsbury will return this season, but realistically, it’s hard to say that with complete conviction. “The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” Farrell said. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. . . . We’re hopeful in the regular season.” The news isn’t worst-case for the speedster, sparkplug, and superlative defender — that would be a break requiring season-ending surgery — but it’s definitely not good. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/09/replacing_jacoby_ellsbury_in_lineup_not_easy#sthash.fUsERYPE.dpuf If the Red Sox are to win the World Series, they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday, manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot, and if history is any guide, will miss at least a month. Farrell believes Ellsbury will return this season, but realistically, it’s hard to say that with complete conviction. “The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” Farrell said. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. . . . We’re hopeful in the regular season.” The news isn’t worst-case for the speedster, sparkplug, and superlative defender — that would be a break requiring season-ending surgery — but it’s definitely not good. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/09/replacing_jacoby_ellsbury_in_lineup_not_easy#sthash.fUsERYPE.dpuf If the Red Sox are to win the World Series, they may very well have to do so without Jacoby Ellsbury. After a walkoff loss to the Yankees yesterday, manager John Farrell announced that Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. He’s already in a walking boot, and if history is any guide, will miss at least a month. Farrell believes Ellsbury will return this season, but realistically, it’s hard to say that with complete conviction. “The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” Farrell said. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. . . . We’re hopeful in the regular season.” The news isn’t worst-case for the speedster, sparkplug, and superlative defender — that would be a break requiring season-ending surgery — but it’s definitely not good. - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2013/09/replacing_jacoby_ellsbury_in_lineup_not_easy#sthash.fUsERYPE.dpuf
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