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Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz closer to returning for Red Sox

Aug 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

Kelly Shoppach, Jacoby Ellsbury AP

It looks like the banged-up Boston offense will soon get a boost.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out for a third straight game tonight, likely will return to center field on Tuesday.

The Boston Herald’s Scott Lauber also reports that David Ortiz will take batting practice and then have his heel examined to see if he permanently take the walking boot off his injured right foot.  He won’t return until Wednesday at the earliest and perhaps not until the weekend.

Finally, J.D. Drew, who last played July 20 before going on the DL with a left shoulder impingement, will begin his rehab assignment Friday with an eye towards a Sept. 1 return.

Unlike the other two, Drew won’t be welcomed back with an everyday job awaiting him.  However, with Josh Reddick slumping, Drew might be able to stake a claim to a piece of the right-field job if he impresses in the minors.  Reddick is hitting .226/.281/.358 with two homers and four RBI in 53 at-bats this month.

  1. hittfamily - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    I will never wish injuries on someone. But as a Rays fan, is it okay to hope someone who is already injured, has their injuries last longer than expected?

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      It is OK to hope that they wait until they are completely healed before they return. We do not want the Red Sox to rush them back at the expense of their career. As Drew is probably going to retire at the end of the season It is OK to hope that he is inserted into the Sox lineup ASAP. The Rays need his bat in the Red Sox lineup.

      • hittfamily - Aug 22, 2011 at 9:00 PM

        I agree I don’t want someone’s career in jeopardy. I just meant, for example, as a Rays fan, I am not disappointed Arod took a month longer to heal than Chipper did, although it was the same injury. I don’t mean I want someone in pain for an extended period of time, I just hope their hamstring takes 30 days to heal completely, and not 20. They aren’t in pain, they just aren’t 100%

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