An industry source tells Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that Jacoby Ellsbury suffered another fractured rib and is “probably” done for the rest of the season. The speedy center fielder was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Ellsbury, who just returned from the disabled list on August 4, suffered the fracture stumbling over first base after colliding with Tommy Hunter of the Rangers last Friday night.
It’s not yet clear if the new fracture is related to any of the previous five fractures Ellsbury suffered in a collision with Adrian Beltre in April.
We’re hearing he’s “probably” done right now, but considering how long it took him to come back from the previous fractures — and his subsequent and swift returns to the disabled list — the Red Sox are better served to let him rest for several months in order to properly rest and heal the fracture.
Ellsbury has played in just 18 of the team’s 120 games this season, batting .192/.241/.244 with five RBI and seven stolen bases.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs won’t deal Kyle Schwarber this winter, despite multiple inquires from teams around the league. Schwarber is approaching his first year of arbitration and will remain under team control for another three seasons before reaching free agency in 2022.
The decision comes on the heels of one of the strongest seasons of the 25-year-old outfielder’s short career. Over 137 games and 510 PA for the Cubs, he proved a passable defender in left field and batted .238/.356/.467 with 26 home runs, an .823 OPS, and 3.2 fWAR in 2018. He also led the National League in intentional walks, with 20, and bumped up his total walks from 59 in 2017 to 78.
Despite his marked improvements from previous years, Schwarber’s performance still left something to be desired — specifically against left-handed pitchers, who held the slugger to a paltry .224/.352/.303 with four extra-base hits across 91 PA. Still, it’s evident the Cubs feel Schwarber is capable of strengthening his splits in the years to come, and they might stand to get more value from him on the field than they would in a trade this offseason.
Of course, that’s not to say the Cubs intend to pass the Winter Meetings in total silence, especially as they’ll be seeking bullpen and catching depth in advance of their 2019 run at the division title. As club president Theo Epstein remarked last week, “We’re certainly open and active in trade talks with a lot of deals that usually don’t come to fruition. So, we may make some trades. We could make big ones that transform the roster. We may make smaller complementary ones. But there’s certain things we’d like to accomplish.”