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Jacoby Ellsbury finally cleared for batting practice

Jul 22, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined for most of the 2010 season. On Wednesday in Florida, he finally took a major step toward returning to the Red Sox.

Finally, some good news on the injury front for the Red Sox and their fans.

Jacoby Ellsbury, who has played in just three games since April 11 due to fractures in his rib cage, finally took batting practice Wednesday at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida.  This from Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe

There is still no timetable for the center fielder’s return, but progress is progress.

Ellsbury has made only 45 plate appearances in the big leagues this season and his absence from the Boston lineup has shown up vividly in the American League East standings.  The Red Sox currently sit seven games back of the Yankees in the division and 4.5 games back of the Rays in the hunt for the Wild Card.  There’s a real chance that we could see the first Boston-free October since 2006.

  1. naz - Jul 22, 2010 at 9:12 PM

    bout time you boras pansy

  2. Joe - Jul 23, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Well, we’ve been getting good news recently: Buchholz is back, Beckett starts tonight, Hermida and Lowrie were activated in the past couple of days. Even Lowell is on a rehab assignment, not that there is really a roster spot for him at the moment.

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