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Jacoby Ellsbury expected to return Wednesday

Sep 22, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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More good news here for the Red Sox, who clinched the American League East crown on Friday night.

According to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal, manager John Farrell told the media Sunday morning at Fenway Park that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury “might be in the lineup Wednesday” at Colorado’s Coors Field after sitting out the past three weeks with a compression fracture in his right foot.

Ellsbury was cleared for baseball-related activities last week and has been setback-free to this point.

The 30-year-old impending free agent was batting .299/.355/.424 with 52 stolen bases and 89 runs scored in 131 games before the injury. He’s going to hit it big on the open market this winter.

  1. theskinsman - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    If he can show he’s able to play without getting worse, I’m thrilled.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      “without getting worse”? Is that a comment about his health or his play?

      I am not sure how much he will be offered in the off season, given his history on injuries. I do expect that The Red Sox will make a qualifying offer in order to get a draft pick should he sign elsewhere.

      • theskinsman - Sep 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        His health,of course. His injury history is pretty much an exercise in speculation,as past ones aren’t real likely to recur. His play is and has been stellar. I want him for the playoff run as close to 100% as possible.

        I’ll be mildly surprised if he gets anywhere near what Boras is talking about.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 22, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Thank you.

  2. bigdaddy44 - Sep 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Ellsbury is highly talented and any almost any team could be better while he is batting leadoff and playing center field. The problem is he is now 30 and has never been able to stay healthy. It would be foolish for any team to invest the amount of money that is being talked about (17-18 million a year on a long term deal). Luckily for Jacoby, Scott Boras is his agent. Boras is the best at using PT Barnum’s “there is a sucker born every minute” theory. And a sucker, is what Mr. Boras will find.

  3. tominma - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Ellsbury wont be back with Red Sox next year UNLESS he accepts the qualifying offer, which he wont !! I think the conflict with the Red Sox over his injury a few years ago soured him on the Sox. Given his injury history, he isn’t going to get the huge payday he’s seeking either. Which is too bad because when he’s completely healthy, he’s a great player!

    Also, he doesn’t get to decide when he’ll be back playing.

  4. pastabelly - Sep 22, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Victorino was signed as insurance for Ellsbury getting hurt or leaving. I think he’s NYY bound.

    • bosoxmom - Sep 23, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      This season’s Johnny Damon. Hopefully, the Sox have gotten his best and he won’t resurrect like Roger Clemens did. Thirty isn’t so old in MLB – especially for hitting. Doesn’t look like his base steals are slowing down either. But, you know, if he is becoming a prima donna, better off to let him go. Too bad . . . he was raised on Red Sox milk.

  5. tominma - Sep 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Shane Victorino is signed with the Red Sox for 2 more years at $13M per year!

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