Gill out as Sox medical director; position eliminated

Gill out as Sox medical director; position eliminated
November 16, 2011, 3:36 am
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MILWAUKEE -- As part of a giant reorganization of the team's medical staff, the Red Sox have eliminated the position of medical director, effectively severing ties with Dr. Thomas Gill, who held the post over the last seven seasons, multiple sources said.

Gill was offered the opportunity to remain in a reduced capacity with the team, serving as a consulting physician. But, according to sources, Gill turned down the offer because he would not have authority over the team's medical and training staff.

The moves are made by new general manager Ben Cherington. Cherington was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, speaking with reporters, Cherington acknowledged that he was in the midst of re-organizing the team's medical staff, but wasn't in a position to specify the changes.

Gill is the third member of the medical and training staff to leave the club since the end of the season. Two weeks ago, trainer Greg Barajas and strength and conditioning coach Dave Page were fired from their positions.

According to sources, it's likely that someone else from Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine Group's -- headed by Gill -- will serve as the consulting orthopedist for the Sox. A likely choice is Dr. Peter Asnis, who currently serves as the Boston Bruins' team physician.

Gill came under fire in 2010 when outfielder's Jacoby Ellsbury's fractured ribs went undiagnosed for several months, causing the outfielder to miss all but 18 games that season.