Still healing, Ellsbury burning up postseason

Still healing, Ellsbury burning up postseason
October 11, 2013, 9:45 pm
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BOSTON --  Despite still dealing with a broken navicular bone in his right foot, Jacoby Ellsbury leads postseason batters, hitting .500, going 9-for-18, with seven runs scored, and four stolen bases. He also has two doubles, two RBI, and a walk in four games in the ALDS against the Rays.  No other player has more than one stolen base this postseason.
 
That performance does not surprise manager John Farrell.
 
“No, not at all,” Farrell said. “When he sat out for roughly ten days, two weeks, and came back and played every other day against Baltimore.  Leading off that game he hits a ball out of the ballpark.
 
“As far as getting his timing, we felt like that would come back relatively quick.  The way he played the outfield in those three games, he had some opportunities to run the bases, as well, and there was no physical limitations in the short look that we got.  So what he did the ALDS is not a surprise.”
 
While his foot is still not 100 percent, Ellsbury is satisfied with the progress he has made with it.
 
“Definitely very happy,” he said. “I do my treatment for it each and every day and that’s going to be through the rest of the playoffs. But we’re very happy how I’ve come along. But I just want to be out there playing, regardless of how it feels. But it’s nice to play in the postseason and have an impact on the games.”
 
That he has. Ellsbury’s stolen base in Game 4 of the ALDS was the ninth of his career in the postseason, passing Johnny Damon, with eight, for most in team history.  He has at least one hit and one stolen base in all four postseason games so far, matching St. Louis’ Lou Brock in 1968 for the longest such streak to begin a postseason.
 
Asked if there were certain movements that hurt, he replied:
 
“It’s not where I want it to be right now, but it’ll heal. It’s one of those things where it’ll have no lingering effect. Once it does [heal] I just have to come in each and every day do my treatment the doctor set forth. But we’re definitely very pleased with how everything’s going along right now.”
 
He doesn’t expect to need any specific treatment beyond rest for it in the offseason.
 
“I think it’ll just be a little rest,” he said. “That’ll be the main thing for it. But obviously this time of year it doesn’t get much of it. Obviously the three days that we had [between postseason series] will obviously  help, but I’ll be ready to go full steam.”