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.
Time is running out for Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner to make a comeback this fall, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that he may not make it back to the mound before the regular season comes to a close next weekend. Cashner is still dealing with a lingering bout of bursitis in his left knee and was forced to miss his scheduled start against the Blue Jays on Monday. As no timetable has been given for his return to the rotation, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll be kept on the shelf until spring.
It’s been an up-and-down year for the 32-year-old righty, who has also missed some playing time after sustaining a neck strain and low back pain. After inking a two-year, $16 million deal with the Orioles back in February, he pitched to a 4-15 record in 28 starts with a career-worst 5.29 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, and 5.8 SO/9 through 153 innings. By the time he was sidelined with swelling and chronic pain in his knee, he’d already taken five straight losses, the last of which was an eight-run, one-strikeout affair against the Athletics that lasted only two innings.
The silver lining: It doesn’t look like Cashner’s knee problems will require any intensive treatment — he’s already received a cortisone injection to treat the problem areas — though there’s no reason for the Orioles to push him to make a quick recovery with the way their season is going. Following their 10-8 loss to the Yankees on Friday, the team will enter Saturday’s game with a 44-109 record, the worst in the majors.