Red Sox notes: Ellsbury could be back Wednesday

Red Sox notes: Ellsbury could be back Wednesday
September 22, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Manager John Farrell said before the game he is hopeful Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the lineup on Wednesday.

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BOSTON -- The Red Sox host the Blue Jays for the final regular season game at Fenway Park Sunday afternoon. The Sox are fielding a lineup that is close to their regular lineup, with the exceptions of Ryan Lavarnway behind the plate, Jackie Bradley in center field, and Mike Carp at first base.
 
* Manager John Farrell said before the game he is hopeful Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the lineup on Wednesday. He has been sidelined since Sept. 6 with a fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot. Ellsbury suffered the injury fouling off a ball on Aug. 28. If Ellsbury is ready to play Wednesday, Farrell said he would look to get him a couple of at-bats while playing center field.

* With an off-day Monday, Farrell said he was looking to get a few consecutive days off for Napoli, who also sat out Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays.

* Left-hander Felix Doubront, who is starting Sunday, is expected to move to the bullpen after that. But, with necessary downtime, Doubront would not be available until the final series of the season in Baltimore Sept. 27-29.

* The Sox have the best record in the majors in day games, at 27-14 (.659).

* The Sox lead the majors with an 86.3 percent success rate in stolen bases, going 120-for-139. That would be the best rate by an AL team since caught stealing has been recorded, from 1914-15 and from 1920 on in the AL. The Sox’ 120 stolen bases are six shy of the team’s best single-season record in the live ball era (since 1920), set in 2009 with 126.

* The Sox have been successful in their last 36 stolen base attempts since Aug. 9, the longest streak in the team history and the longest for any major league team since the Jays had 38 straight in 1993.