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Ellsbury is contemplating another opinion

Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre applies the tag the Indians’ Austin Kearns, who was caught in a rundown in the first inning. Red Sox third baseman Adrian Beltre applies the tag the Indians’ Austin Kearns, who was caught in a rundown in the first inning. (Tony Dejak/Associated Press)
By Amalie Benjamin
Globe Staff / June 8, 2010

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CLEVELAND — With questions remaining about Jacoby Ellsbury’s fractured ribs, the outfielder and agent Scott Boras might seek another opinion. Ellsbury has played in just three games since sustaining four fractured ribs in a collision with Adrian Beltre April 11. He returned May 22 but went back on the disabled list May 28.

“We might want to get another opinion just to kind of alleviate some of his concerns,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “We’ve actually been talking — and it’s been tough because Theo [Epstein’s] been busy. Boras obviously has a busy day, but I’ve actually talked to him and some of those people there, and will try to get [Ellsbury] out to the Kerlan-Jobe clinic [in Los Angeles] in a couple of days.

“It may not happen for a couple of days. He’s not on the threshold of playing, anyway. We’ll get him looked at again. I think we all know that it hurts. But I think if we feel like we can eliminate everything, then he can maybe progress quicker knowing he’s not hurting himself.’’

Ellsbury worked out yesterday afternoon with bench coach DeMarlo Hale, doing baseball activities, and later said he was waiting for a phone call regarding the situation. “I really don’t have too much information,’’ said Ellsbury. “I’m not exactly sure yet.’’

“It’s actually not us,’’ Francona said. “I think Boras and those guys brought it up. I think they’re just trying to help. I actually completely agree with it. When a guy feels something and we’ve done a ton of tests and you’re not finding anything, do more. I’m OK with that. The whole idea is to get a good player on the field, and on the field healthy where he can be productive. So that’s what we’re trying to do.’’

Bonser gets the call
After an absence that stretched from the end of the 2008 season until yesterday, righthander Boof Bonser was activated from the disabled list. A spot on the roster opened for Bonser when closer Jonathan Papelbon was placed on the bereavement/family medical emergency list because of an undisclosed family medical issue. Papelbon will be out for at least three days, but can extend his absence beyond that.

“It’s serious,’’ Francona said. “He has our full support.’’

Bonser missed all of 2009 after having Tommy John surgery with Minnesota. He missed the first two months of the season with a groin strain suffered in spring training. All that time away from the game has made Bonser appreciate his return all the more.

“I even walked out on the field, just kind of like, just to get it over with, I guess you could say,’’ Bonser said. “Nothing like the minor league fields. You walk onto it as a big league player, it’s definitely night and day. It was one of those where you walk out there, take a deep breath and look at it all.’’

Because Bonser has been starting in the minors, he is stretched out and could be used as a long reliever. In a one-inning, seven-pitch outing Saturday for Pawtucket, Bonser hit 95 miles per hour on the radar gun.

“They told me I was only going one inning, so I was like, I’m going to let it ride,’’ Bonser said. “I was kind of wanting to see what I could get.’’

Bonser went 0-2 with a 6.34 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings in nine appearances with the PawSox. In his last three outings (two starts), Bonser had a 0.64 ERA with 11 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings.

The Sox don’t know if they’ll be able to throw Bonser in back-to-back games, given his shoulder surgery.

“We will be very attentive to that,’’ Francona said. “What we’ll probably do, and it’s not always the easiest thing to do, is let him pitch longer on one day and then give him time in between. I know the game situation can dictate that also. We will be very attentive to that.’’

Cameron gets a rest
After playing 11 innings in his return to the lineup Sunday, Mike Cameron sat out last night’s 4-1 victory. Josh Reddick played center field and went 1 for 4, stealing his first base in the majors in the third inning. “[Cameron] feels OK,’’ Francona said. “They’ve got a lefty [David Huff] going [tonight]. That was a long game [Sunday]. I just thought it made sense not to play him.’’ Cameron scored the tying run in the ninth and made a stellar catch in center against the Orioles . . . David Ortiz was back in the lineup after getting hit in the left hand by a pitch Sunday . . . The Sox have won nine of their last 11 road games, and are 18-5 against Cleveland since 2007 . . . Marco Scutaro went 3 for 4 with three doubles and two runs scored. The shortstop has hit safely in 10 of 11 games, while batting .412 with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 8 RBIs, and 10 runs. His three doubles matched a career high . . . Victor Martinez has been working hard to improve his throws to second base, and that showed last night. He caught Jason Donald stealing in the fifth, a throw that demonstrated how far Martinez has come. “That was about as pretty a transfer as we’ve seen from him,’’ Francona said . . . Manny Delcarmen woke up feeling better yesterday, but his back was still stiff after he was taken out of Sunday’s game. Francona said before the game he wasn’t sure if Delcarmen would be available. “The hard thing is, even if he says he’s OK, if he gets out there in the middle of an inning, that actually makes it worse,’’ Francona said. “Especially when you’re running short and you want to be careful on pitching. If you send him out there and all of a sudden he can’t pitch — you’re always trying to win, but you have to have someone behind people in case something happens.’’ . . . The Sox were also trying to avoid using Jeremy Hermida, who has been out since colliding with Beltre Friday night in Baltimore. The problem area is more his chest and ribs than his forearm, though both are sore . . . Jerry Stephenson, who pitched for the Red Sox in the 1967 World Series, died Sunday at his home in Anaheim, Calif. He was 66. Obituary, B14.

Amalie Benjamin can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @amaliebenjamin.

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