Ellsbury (foot) begins physical activity

Ellsbury (foot) begins physical activity
September 13, 2013, 5:00 pm
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BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury's road to recovery seems to be going according to schedule.

The outfielder who fractured a navicular bone on top of his right foot with a foul ball about two weeks ago against the Orioles has been cleared for some physical activity starting Friday, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell.

"Beginning physical activity today -- not baseball activity but physical activity," Farrell said. "[He was] out of the boot for a period of time for some exercises, some work in the pool. Still no projected date of return."

The Red Sox have said previously that they are confident that Ellsbury would be fit to return before the end of the regular season. If that is to occur, however, Ellsbury will have to go through this next brief period of physical activity without any setbacks.

"There will be a tolerance as we go through it that is outlined in conjunction with the doctors and the training staff here," Farrell said, "so that's just initiated today."

Farrell did say that the swelling in Ellsbury's foot has gone down and that everything is progressing as expected.

"Based on the exam and the second opinion, this was the date, the first date to start doing [physical activity]" Farrell said, "so he's on target as far as I know."