Merloni: 'Ellsbury knows he needs to be on the field'

Merloni: 'Ellsbury knows he needs to be on the field'
September 7, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Despite the recent wins, it's not all good news for the Red Sox these days.

Jacoby Ellsbury missed Friday and Saturday's games with a foot injury that was serious enough to send him back to Boston to get it checked out, and then to Denver for a second opinion. The fear is that Ellsbury may have broken his navicular bone in his foot, which would put him on the shelf for a while. It's undetermined yet how long he would sit, but the Red Sox will surely miss him if he does sit out. Ellsbury is also set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

Bob Neumeier, Lou Merloni, and Glenn Ordway discussed the latest.

"There's a lot of numbers that matter for Jacoby Ellsbury but probably one of the most important ones is games played," Merloni said.  "If you're Scott Boras or Jacoby Ellsbury this year you need to play as many as possibly to try to take care of what people are saying about going out there and playing. So if you think that he can't play at 100% he's got a little knick and a little bruise and he's not playing because of it, then I'm sorry, I don't agree with that. This guy knows that he needs to be on the field to get paid. BEcause if he's on the field, he's going to put up numbers."

A foot injury is the worst kind of injury for Ellsbury, says Neumeier. Ellsbury uses his speed better than just about anybody in the league, and to have a foot injury will greatly hinder that ability to take advantage of it.

Ordway understands Ellsbury taking extra caution right now.

"I think he's probably doing the right thing," Ordway said. "Lou said, and I know fans are not going to like this, that he's three weeks away from getting himself a huge paycheck and I think he's going to get himself a sizable paycheck out there in the open market. And also, he's going to bring a lot of production because he has to over the next few weeks. If I'm him, I want to make sure I'm 100% so I can bring production not only to the ball club, but if I'm not doing this the next three weeks and if I don't perform at a high level in the playoffs, I hurt my value in the open market. So it's two-fold. You should be rooting for him right now to get 100 percent and get ready for the playoffs, because one it's going to help him, and two it's going to help the Boston Red Sox."