BOSTON – Jacoby Ellsbury, who has been sidelined since Sept. 6 with a fractured navicular bone in his right foot, began baseball activities on Friday. He is expected to see a specialist at the Steadman Clinic in Colorado when the Red Sox travel to play the Rockies on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ellsbury is unlikely to return to the lineup before the final series of the regular season, Sept. 27-29 in Baltimore.
“He has begun baseball activities,” manager John Farrell said. “Started swinging off a tee. Went out and threw. A positive step. How quickly those activities will ramp up is yet to be determined, but he’s begun.”
Ellsbury suffered the injury fouling a ball off his foot on Aug. 28 but continued playing. In seven games after the injury, Ellsbury went 10-for-32, batting .313, with six runs scored, five RBI, going 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts. Ellsbury was asked if he should have kept playing or would it have been better to rest. The Sox have gone 8-4 in his absence, picking up 2 ½ games in the American League East.
In 131 games this season, Ellsbury is batting .299 with a .355 on-base percentage, .424 slugging percentage, and a major league-best 52 stolen bases in 56 attempts.