Ellsbury placed back on disabled list with ongoing rib issue

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Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports that Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is headed back to the 15-day disabled list due to lingering discomfort in the area of his rib cage. 

The writing was on the wall when Ellsbury was lifted from Friday’s game and sent back to Boston for an MRI on his once-fractured ribs.  The Red Sox are still very much alive in the American League East, but it may be time to consider shutting the speedy outfielder down for the rest of the season.  He’s been playing in pain since April and isn’t likely to make a full recovery until he is allowed several consecutive months of rest.

Ellsbury, 26, has played in only 18 games in 2010 and has posted a measly .192/.241/.244 batting line when healthy.  He’s also swiped seven bases on eight attempts.

Young right-hander Michael Bowden has been recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket in a corresponding roster move and will be available out of the bullpen until Dustin Pedroia is activated next week.

Autopsy report reveals morphine, Ambien in Roy Halladay’s system

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Traces of morphine, amphetamine, Prozac and Ambien were found in Roy Halladay’s system at the time of his death, according to the autopsy findings Zachary T. Sampson of the Tampa Bay Times reported Friday. The former Phillies and Blue Jays ace and two-time Cy Young Award winner was killed in a plane crash off the Gulf of Mexico last November. While the exact cause of the incident has not yet been determined, it was a combination of blunt force trauma and drowning that resulted in the 40-year-old’s death.

Further details from the NY Daily News revealed that Halladay sustained a fractured leg and a “subdural hemorrhage, multiple rib fractures, and lung, liver and spleen injuries” during the crash. As for the drugs present in his system, the autopsy report suggests that the presence of morphine could be linked to heroin use, though there’s no clear evidence that he did so.

The toxicology results also determined that Halladay had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.01. A BAC of 0.08 is the legal limit for operating a car, but current FAA regulations prohibit any alcohol consumption for eight hours before operating aircraft. Halladay was both the pilot and sole passenger aboard the plane when it crashed.

Previous statements from the National Transportation Safety Board indicate that the investigation is still ongoing and could take up to two years to resolve.