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Toucher & Rich: Sean McAdam On Ellsbury’s Production This Season

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Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on August 16, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Jacoby Ellsbury #2 of the Boston Red Sox connects for a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays in the second game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park on August 16, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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The Red Sox took the early game in a double header yesterday with the Rays at Fenway. David Ortiz sat out both games and will be out indefinitely because of bursitis in his right heel.

Sean McAdam spoke with Toucher & Rich about yesterday’s double header, Jacoby Ellsbury’s performance this year as opposed to last year and Jim Thome’s 600th career home run.

Ortiz has been forced into a walking boot because of bursitis in his right heel. Is this another example of the Red Sox playing down what’s really going on or do they just not know?

“I think they’re just trying to find out. They’re pretty comfortable in terms of a playoff spot and I think they want to be sure here before he gets back in the lineup,” were McAdam’s thoughts on the matter.

They also went on to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury’s performance this year as opposed to the last 3 years. This year his output seemed to skyrocket hitting 20 home runs as of August 15th, which is equals the number he hit from 2007-2010. Why has there been such a drastic change? Do you start to ask questions?

“That’s one of the unfortunate stains of the PED era, anytime anyone take a huge leap form one season to the next there are going to be eyebrows raised.” McAdam went on to say, “I think you look at this as a guy who always had terrific talent, who has sort of grown into his swing, gotten a little stronger and it’s sort of the evolution of a player that we’re watching.”

The guys also went on to discuss Jim Thome’s 600th home run and the coverage that it received as opposed to Derek Jeter’s 3000th hit. That and much more with Sean McAdam.

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