Ellsbury in Toronto with Sox

Updated: July 9, 2010, 11:16 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

TORONTO -- Red Sox ailing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury rejoined his teammates for a few days at Rogers Centre.

Ellsbury
Ellsbury

He's been on the disabled list twice since colliding with third baseman Adrian Beltre and fracturing four ribs on April 11 in Kansas City. Ellsbury's latest stint began on May 28 and he's been rehabbing at Athletes' Performance in Arizona.

"He'll spend the next two days with us letting the medical guys assess where he's at," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "This actually isn't the best way to do it. It's a long way to come for two days, but, because of the All-Star break, we really wanted our medical people to see him before he takes off and does his baseball stuff in Fort Myers."

Ellsbury will fly back to Boston with the club Sunday night and then leave for the organization's spring training facility on Monday to prepare for a future rehab assignment.

While other injured Red Sox players have remained with the club, Ellsbury, his agent Scott Boras and the Red Sox agreed it would be best for the outfielder to rehab at AP until he was ready for baseball activities.

When asked about Ellsbury's status, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis smiled and said: "Don't go down that road."

Youkilis The one thing I'll say is there are a lot of guys here who are hurt and supporting the team. We wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too.

-- Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, on Jacoby Ellsbury rehabbing in Arizona

"The one thing I'll say is there are a lot of guys here who are hurt and supporting the team," Youkilis added. "We wish Jacoby was here supporting us, too."

"There are a lot of guys, it's not just Jacoby," Youkilis added. "There are a lot of guys we need back in this lineup right now. I don't know what's going on with Jacoby. I don't think any of us really know. There are a lot of guys here that we need back, but until then we have guys in place to help us try to win ballgames."

Currently the Red Sox have 11 players on the DL, including Ellsbury, Josh Beckett, Jeremy Hermida, Mike Lowell, Dustin Pedroia, Victor Martinez, Manny Delcarmen, Jason Varitek and Clay Buchholz. Jed Lowrie and Junichi Tazawa are also on the DL.

With so many starters out, the Red Sox are still trying to win until everyone is healthy.

"Healthy? Hurt we can make a legitimate run," Youkilis said. "We're going out there tonight and trying to make a run. We're going to try to win ballgames and, hey, we've been out a lot more games than we are now. We've got a chance."

Joe McDonald covers the Bruins and Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.

Joe McDonald

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