Jacoby Ellsbury will require at least two more weeks of rest to fully heal from his lingering rib and side pain, according to various published reports.
Ellsbury was sent to see Dr. Lewis Yocum at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles on Wednesday, the third opinion he has sought for his sore side. The team did say late Wednesday that the 26-year-old outfielder would need additional rest. However, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, a "bigger issue" was revealed and a longer DL stint is necessary.
The Red Sox have not confirmed anything, and manager Terry Francona will not address the matter until about 4 p.m. Thursday in Cleveland.
Ellsbury suffered four hairline fractures in his ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City. After initially being told to give it a few days of rest, he was put on the DL and stayed there until returning May 22.
He played in just three games before complaining of more discomfort in his side and was placed on the DL again May 28.
Ellsbury has played in only nine games in 2010, batting .250 with a pair of stolen bases.