Francona, Epstein give conflicting updates on Ellsbury


Francona, Epstein give conflicting updates on Ellsbury

By Sean McAdam

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- It may have been only a matter of semantics, but Terry Francona and Theo Epstein seemed to give different updates on Jacoby Ellsbury as he comes back from the broken ribs which sidelined him for all but three weeks in 2010.

In the afternoon, when asked about Ellsbury's progress, Francona noted that in a conversation a few weeks ago, the outfielder told him he "still feels it in the back.''

But hours later, Epstein indicated otherwise.

"He was ruled asymptomatic a couple of weeks ago,'' said Epstein. "I'm sure there are still come things he can do that create soreness, with rotation and whatnot. But I think that's normal.

"My understanding is that the fracture of a rib like this will still show up like a slight line on a scan for another couple of months. But that's a natural part of the process. You're actually healed before the line will completely disappear on the scan. He's been asymptomatic and very enthused about where he is in the offseason, getting ready for a normal season.

Ellsbury is in Arizona, training at Athlete's Performance Institute (API), as he would usually do in the winter.

"I think he's still tailoring his workouts for what he went through,'' said Epstein, "which is smart. He's not rushing it. The rotational stuff is where you can really feel the rib cage-area. I think he's easing into that, which makes sense.''

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Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.