Short, but successful, return for Ellsbury

Short, but successful, return for Ellsbury
September 26, 2013, 1:45 am
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DENVER -- Jacoby Ellsbury's return to action was somewhat brief -- as planned -- but ultimately successful.
"It was important for me to get back as soon as possible,'' said Ellsbury, "and get into some games before the post-season starts.''
Rejoining the Red Sox with four games remaining in the regular season after missing almost three weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, Ellsbury played 3 1/2 innings and got three at-bats in the Red Sox' 15-5 thrashing of the Colorado Rockies.
"It was nice getting back,'' said Ellsbury. "I'm definitely excited about it. Felt pretty good out there, as far as seeing the ball and in the outfield.''
"He came out of it feeling the same as when he started,'' said John Farrell, ''so that was the most important thing tonight. Just to get him back on the field was a big step. He's much improved; I can't say that he's 100 percent. But it's not to the point where it's holding him back either in the field, on the bases or in the [batter's] box. It was a good step tonight.''
In his first at-bat leading off the game, Ellsbury saw seven pitches before singling to right field and coming around to score on David Ortiz's two-run double.
He grounded out in the second, then drew a walk and scored on a three-run homer by Shane Victorino in the fourth.
Ellsbury will continue to deal with some soreness in the foot, but it's something he can play with.
''It's a healing bone,'' he said. "It doesn't [get better] in a week. But I was happy to get out there and play, run around. I kind of did everything I needed to do - sprint down the line, run a ball down  in the gap, just do everything I need to do.
"The plan was to get me three ABs and we got them early today, so that was good.''
After the layoff, this was Ellsbury's first time facing live pitching in a while, and he reported feeling "pretty good'' at the plate.
"I saw the ball well,'' he said. "My first at-bat, I fouled off a couple of breaking balls, put a breaking ball in play. My second at-bat, I got in a good hitter's count and put a good swing on it, but...My last AB, I saw a bunch of changeups and laid off those. So, I saw pretty much all the pitches and I thought my timing was pretty good, considering missing some time.''
Ellsbury said he hasn't spoken with Farrell about the plan for the weekend in Baltimore, and how many innings or at-bats he'll get.
"I plan on playing, as of right now,'' he said. "That will be a  conversation over the next couple of games.''