Daily Notes Ellsbury’s Injury Helps Crawford’s Value

Although Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that the term surgery has not been tossed around, Jacoby Ellsbury was placed on the DL yesterday and it could be a while before we see him again. Dr. Christopher Geary, head of Tufts Medical School in Boston, said that Ellsbury should miss anywhere from six to eight weeks – minimum. That timeframe would have him back in the Red Sox lineup between May 26th and June 9th, but as the doc said this is a minimum amount of time. 

Ellsbury of course is no stranger to seeing a minimum timeframe of an injury become a maximum timeframe. Two seasons ago he was criticized by media and at least one teammatefor his inability to come back from what turned out to be a broken rib on a collision with Adrian Beltre. Obviously this is a completely different injury, but nonetheless the team and Ellsbury will be receiving their share of questions from the media comparing the two scenarios. As Alex Speier points out in his article, the way this injury happened is very similar to what happened with Derek Jeter a few seasons ago in Toronto. Jeter took six weeks to recover and had a great season too. Time will tell how this one plays out.

For now though, Carl Crawford would appear to be the one player that gains the most from this whole turn of events. Crawford will start playing extended spring training games very shortly as a DH and make his way up from there. He would have likely been the Red Sox number six hitter if he were healthy out of the gates, but now could figure in as the team’s leadoff hitter when he is ready. Here are some more weekend notes: 

  • Ken Rosenthal tweeted that some options down the road for the Red Sox might be Coco Crisp, Scott Podsednik, or Marlon Byrd. Crisp is owed $14 million through next season. 
  • Jordan Schaefer walked three times yesterday against the Marlins. Schaefer now has 8 walks to 7 strikeouts on the early season. In what has been a brief career, these numbers crush any of his other seasons. I wouldn’t expect him to carry a .444 OBP all season or anything like that, but given the 5 steals he has out of the gates this is an impressive start.
  • Tim Hudson figures to be ready to pitch for Atlanta sometime between April 29 and May 3rd. He has a rehab outing this Wednesday at Triple-A. 
  • David Wright homered in his return to the Mets lineup. He indicated that playing the field and not hitting the ball cleanly is when he feels the most pain. It will be interesting to see how much rest he gets going forward. 
  • I doubt that the Nationals have an innings limit for Stephen Strasburg if the Nationals are in the race in September.
  • The best team in baseball is the Los Angeles Dodgers and the real 2011 NL MVP is the main reason for it right now. Matt Kemp hit two more home runs last night and is currently hitting .457. Kemp was the number one overall player last year and so far is the number one overall player this year. Oh by the way the 8-1 Dodgers send Clayton Kershaw to the mound today. 
  • Josh Collmenter has gotten hammered in both his starts this year, and Wade Miley has come on in relief both times to rescue Collmenter from the decision. One would have to think that Collmenter’s times is numbered with the return of Takashi Saito and the number of options for that rotation spot which includes Miley and pleasecallemup prospect Trevor Bauer
  • After ruining Shin-Soo Choo’s season last year, Jonathan Sanchez hit him again yesterday. And soon thereafter the benches cleared. The Indians eventually retaliated with Jeanmar Gomez hitting Mike Moustakas. Watch for league discipline. 
  • Heath Bell has a brand of consistency, but it is worth watching if things get any worse in the coming week. He walked three consecutive batters on Friday and blew a save last night.
  • The Padres appear to be wise in how they have operated their closing situation – and it goes beyond Bell’s early struggles. The Padres acquired Huston Street in the offseason of course, and did not give up much (other than the money to pay for him). Given the situations at the back end of many teams that expect to contend, the Padres would likely get much more back for Street in a deal than the Rockies did during the offseason. 
  • Brandon Phillips could play today for Cincinnati who badly need him. The Reds offense is off to its worst start since at least 1901. Phillips has just one at-bat since April 9th and has not driven a run, stolen a base, or hit a home run this season. This is one of baseball’s ten best offenses, so consider just about everyone on the roster a buy-low candidate right now including Phillips.