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Friday, April 13, 2012
Best guess for Ells? 6 weeks minimum

By Gordon Edes

It's difficult to pinpoint how much time Jacoby Ellsbury could miss after suffering a shoulder injury Friday.

A number of prominent players have had dislocated shoulders in recent years and missed varying amounts of time. New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter dislocated his left shoulder on Opening Day, 2003, in a violent collision with Toronto Blue Jays catcher Ken Huckaby at third base, and missed 36 games. Jeter did not require surgery.

Days later that same season, slugger Ken Griffey Jr. dislocated his right shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield and missed 37 games. Griffey returned to the Cincinnati Reds lineup, but he was discovered to have a torn labrum and rotator cuff and underwent season-ending surgery that August.

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, while still in the minor leagues, dislocated his shoulder and tore his labrum in 2004 and sat out the season.

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, then with the Chicago Cubs, dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ground ball in 2009 and missed 58 games. He continued to have problems with the shoulder even after he returned to play.

Last June, San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez dislocated his shoulder in June and underwent surgery when it was determined he had also damaged his labrum and the shoulder capsule.

So estimates of missing just six weeks may be the most optimistic scenario.