Ellsbury will not need shoulder surgery

Ellsbury will not need shoulder surgery

BOSTON -- Rest and treatment should be all Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury needs, not surgery.

Dr. Lewis Yocum, the Angels' team doctor, reviewed an MRI of Ellsbury's subluxed (partially dislocated) right shoulder and agreed with the team's initial diagnosis that he can return without going under the knife.

"Take it slowly to get it better," manager Bobby Valentine said Tuesday of the plan. "I don't know that there's anything on the horizon, other than just normal treatment and see how he feels day to day."

Valentine said there was a "consensus of opinion on what the damage was and how to proceed." Valentine did not offer a timetable. The belief is Ellsbury will be out at least six weeks.

Ellsbury on Tuesday did small exercises as he begins the recovery process. Ellsbury has not spoken with reporters since he was hurt Friday trying to break up a double play against the Rays.

"Ellsbury continued his treatment," Valentine said. "He manipulated his shoulder a little -- just hand manipulation of his shoulder a little, just for range of motion."