Red Sox Injury Updates: Ellsbury, Middlebrooks, and Victorino

Red Sox at Orioles July 20, 2011.

Red Sox at Orioles July 20, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There has been a few interesting developments today for the Red Sox on the injury front. First off, with the lineup for the game tonight out already, it should be noted that there is no Jacoby Ellsbury yet again. This will mark 5 days  that he has been out with a groin strain. Word is that within the next day to two days the Red Sox may change his status of day-to-day and decide to put him on the DL. Much like the Red Sox did with Victorino, the Red Sox want to wait it out a bit to see if he can come back sooner than 15 days. With today being day 5 out of the lineup they will not hesitate all that much longer as he is through a third of a DL stint to this point.

John Farrell today stated that Will Middlebrooks would have to prove to be not only healthy, but also capable of producing in the lineup before he will be activated off of the DL. This makes the most sense. With Jose Iglesias still hitting over .400, you cannot downgrade your offense just because the player was the starting third baseman prior. He should have to earn it after hitting .201 for the first part of the year. The Red Sox can leave him in Pawtucket on his rehab stint for up to 20 days before having him optioned back down.

Shane Victornio is set to get back into a rehab game tomorrow to test the out his back in-game situations.  It is planned to be a three game stint with two games played in the field.  Barring a setback for Victorino it is assumed he will be back into the Red Sox lineup early next week.

Tyler Moore-MLB Contributor-Title Town Sports

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