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Red Sox notes: ‘Getting to bottom’ of Ellsbury injury

05.27.10 at 5:56 pm ET

Red Sox manager Terry Francona updated the Jacoby Ellsbury situation prior to Thursday’s series opener with the Kansas City Royals.

Francona acknowledged that Ellsbury is still have soreness issues with his side.

“He’s been examined,” Francona said. “We’ve looked at the pictures. All the medical people have looked at everything. He’s really tender. We’ve got to get to the bottom of this.”

The team is trying to get to the bottom of an issue that is becoming more complicated every day after Ellsbury told ESPN.com on Wednesday that he was activated after his ribs weren’t completely stable.

“[The pain] is along the same ribs that cracked,” Ellsbury told ESPN.com after Wednesday’s game. “All the ribs are moving, so it can affect the back ribs as well, where it hits the front of the spine. So you not only feel the impact at the direct place where you were hit, but the back side, too, along the band. I felt that originally, but I hadn’t felt it again until now.

“I think they downplay it because they misdiagnosed it,” Ellsbury continued. “They said you treat it all the same way. Remember that comment? How do you treat a bruise the same as a break?”

Francona said Thursday that the team is looking at all possibilities concerning the outfielder, who played just three games before sitting out Tuesday’s game at Tampa Bay. He hasn’t played since.

“We don’t want to rush into putting him on the DL,” Francona said. “At the same time, he’s not ready to play because of the way he feels so we’re just trying to get to the bottom of it. We’ll get to the bottom of it. We’re just not there yet. Whether we have to get more opinions, we’ll do whatever we feel is necessary.”

Elsewhere, Francona said the team believes they’ll have Victor Martinez behind the plate to catch Tim Wakefield on Friday.

“I think the hope is he’ll run around in the outfield a little bit. We’d like to catch him [Friday]. We’d really like to catch him [Friday] because of Wake. If he’s not ready, we won’t do it. I think he’ll be ready to catch.”

As for Thursday’s scheduled home plate umpire and the report that Joe West is facing sanctions from MLB after his quick hook of Mark Buerhle on Wednesday in Cleveland, Francona did a nice side-step, deferring to the White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who didn’t hold back in his criticism of the controversial umpire.

“Our goal is to win today and make it through nine innings,” Francona said. “I’d rather not get suspended so check with Ozzie.”

West was the same umpire who publicly criticized the Red Sox and Yankees for their lengthy games following their opening series of the season in April.

Josh Beckett, on the disabled list with a strained lower back, hopes to take another step in his return to the rotation with a scheduled side session on Friday at Fenway.

“I hope so,” Francona said. “If he throws his side [Friday] everything is going very well. If we need to back it up another day, we will.”

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