Holley: Wouldn't consider Ellsbury 'soft player'

Holley: Wouldn't consider Ellsbury 'soft player'
June 8, 2013, 3:30 pm
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On May 30th in Philadelphia, Red Sox leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury extended his on-base streak to 10 games and stole a club-record five bases in a 9-2 win over the Phillies.

The one downside to the performance – he wouldn’t play again until June 6th, sitting out five games with a pulled groin.  This wouldn’t be a big deal in most cases, but Ellsbury’s pain tolerance has been brought into question before, after cracked ribs limited his 2010 season to 18 games and a separated shoulder limited his 2012 season to 74 games.  So is it fair to question Ellsbury’s toughness despite his injury history?

“When I look at the other two previous injuries, it was a broken rib and a sublexation,” said Lou Merloni on The Baseball Show.  “I never looked at him like JD Drew.  I never looked at him like at six o’clock he’s banging himself out of the game with a neck or a back or anything else.”

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