RSL Poll: Have we seen Ellsbury's last game in Boston?
The Guru Contributing Writer
Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox leadoff man, Gold Glove-caliber center fielder and MLB's stolen base leader, will be out awhile -- possibly the rest of the season. Ellsbury has a compression fracture in his right foot. Monday, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Ellsbury should be back before the end of the regular season.
“We feel like he’ll return this year. We’re hopeful."
Ellsbury is hitting .299 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and a major-league leading 52 stolen bases. His leads the Sox with 89 runs.
The injury occurred Aug. 28 when Ellsbury fouled a ball off his foot.
Dustin Pedroia suffered the same kind of injury type in 2010 and missed the final three month before having surgery.
Pedroia said, “It’s something you don’t mess with. You have to make sure you take care of it and you’re able to play and run and not be sore the next day."
The injury could be a major blow to not only the Red Sox post season hopes, but Ellsbury's pending free agency.
While the Sox seem relatively optimistic that their center fielder will return, Ellsbury and his agent, Scott Boras, have not commented on the injury or whether he'll return during the regular season, the playoffs or, for that matter, next year.