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: