Boston Red Sox center fielder, lead off hitter, MLB stolen base leader and free agent to be Jacoby Ellsbury broke his media silence Wednesday for the first time since being diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot.
“When I did it kind of deep down I kind of knew something was going on, but I didn’t really want to get — I wanted to play. And it was just one of those things where, the docs were like you know you’ve got to give this thing some rest. You can’t push through this. Got to give it time. But I’m very excited with the progress I’ve made. The doctors are very optimistic about coming back and playing.”
Ellsbury fouled a ball off his foot on Aug. 28 and has not played since Sept. 5. He was diagnosed with a small non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. It's a similar injury that caused Dustin Pedroia to miss the final three months of the 2010 season.
While the Red Sox are being cautious, Ellsbury sounds optimistic he'll be back,
“I just know that moving forward that once it does heal there’ll be no issue moving forward. So it’s going to be a full recovery. I know we’re in a playoff race. I’m definitely dying to get back out there.”
Ellsbury is hitting .299/.355/.424 with 31 doubles, eight triples, eight homers, 52 RBI, 89 runs and an MLB-best 52 stolen bases this season.