MASH Unit: Ellsbury slowed, Middlebrooks finding his swing, Victorino starts rehab, RemDawg still down

The Guru
Contributing Writer

Since his record breaking night in Philadelphia in which he stole five bases, Jacoby Ellsbury has not stepped on the field because of a strained groin.

The Red Sox thought Ellsbury would be back for the series against the Yankees last week. Didn’t happen. Then word was he'd be ready Tuesday for the series opener against the Rangers. Nope. And what about Wednesday night? Let me check the box score. Nada.

"He went out and did some more field activities with running. We’ve got to get him to the point of being 80 percent before we can consider putting him back in the lineup," manager John Farrell said. “Right now we’re still not thinking about putting him on the DL, but if this continues obviously we got to get to that point."

Can someone show Jacoby a picture of Patrice Bergeron’s face and say, “Sometimes professional athletes play hurt.”

Will Middlebrooks out since May 23 with back spasms is eligible to return from the DL Saturday when the Sox take on the Angels. But not so fast Will.

During his weekly radio appearance on WEEI Boston, Farrell said that Middlebrooks would have to get his swing back in order to rejoin the team.

Perhaps Middlebrooks has found it. He was 2 for 3 with a home run and five RBI at Pawtucket last night.

With Jose Iglesias playing so well and an imminent Middlebrooks return, the Red Sox will have some luxury problems on their hands. Pedro Ciriaco could be the one most likely left outside the circle of trust.

Right fielder Shane Victorino out since May 20 with a left hamstring strain starts a rehab assignment tonight in Pawtucket. It's expected to last three or four games with Victorino DH'ing and then playing right field.

"Spoke to Shane, and upon his return, we'll manage how many consecutive games he plays a little more religiously than previously," manager John Farrell said.

And let’s wrap up the MASH report with an update on the RemDawg, Jerry Remy. The NESN analyst has been out since May 26 and is not expected until next week. Remy said last week he was out because of allergies. On Wednesday he tweeted, “I've caught a little pneumonia and it has to run its course. It's not due to anything else, hope to be back soon.” While Red Sox Life loves what Dennis Eckersley brings to the booth, here’s to a speedy recovery RemDawg.

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