I'm not sure if this exerpt was taking completely out of context, but it seemed to be a strange thing for Francona to say - espescially if Ellsbury indeed was suffering from a sore groin. Why push him back like this?
May 3 Ellsbury (groin) returned to the starting lineup Friday, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base in Boston's victory over Tampa Bay.
Recommendation: Ellsbury, who had missed three games because of the injury, was back in the leadoff spot for Boston. Red Sox manager Terry Francona hinted that Ellsbury was being over-protective of his groin injury, the Boston Herald reports. "I’m not pointing a finger at Ellsbury because I think he’s a pretty tough kid," Francona said. "I guess my point is you’re not always going to be 100 percent. I don’t know if we can wait for guys always to be 100 percent or we won’t ever be able to field a team."
A very strange motivational speach imo, and one that seems completely unwarranted and unnecessary. Doesn't Tito want the oportunity to showcase Crisp anyway?