Ellsbury shares info with Rangers' Hamilton

September, 27, 2010
CHICAGO -- Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who knows a thing or two about fractured ribs, said he has compared notes with Texas Rangers All-Star Josh Hamilton, who has missed the last three weeks with two fractured ribs and does not know whether he’ll be available in the postseason.

“I’ve talked to him, yeah,’’ said Ellsbury, who played only 18 games this season because of a half-dozen fractured ribs. “I told him what worked for me, what he might want to stay away from. I don’t want to say too much, but hopefully he can play in the playoffs.’’

Hamilton recently underwent a series of pain-killing injections in an attempt to return to the field, but so far has not been able to resume baseball activity. Ellsbury said Tuesday that he had followed a similar course of treatment in the early stages of his injury before an MRI discovered the ribs were fractured.

Ellsbury, who has been doing a lot of exercises in the swimming pool “just trying to stay active,” said he’s on track to resume baseball activities by December. He expects to begin workouts at the Athletic Performance Institute in Arizona, where he maintains his offseason home, even before then.

“I think I’m making good progress,’’ he said. “The main thing is to be ready for spring training. That should be no problem at all.’’

Ellsbury said it won’t surprise him if his name pops up in trade speculation this winter.

“I mean, it has ever since I’ve been here,’’ he said, smiling. “I take it as a compliment. I don’t really follow it. I’ll let all my family members and friends call me about what’s going on.’’

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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