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Jacoby Ellsbury returns after 16-game absence

Sep 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

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As had been expected, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Rockies for the first time in 16 games. He was diagnosed September 8 with a compression fracture in his right foot and there was some initial concern about whether he’d be able to return by the end of the season. But here we are.

Ellsbury, an impending free agent, was batting .299/.355/.424 with 52 stolen bases and 89 runs scored through 131 games this summer for the American League East champions. The 30-year-old client of Scott Boras is already in line for a massive payday, but a strong regular-season finish and productive October run would only help his bottom line.

Mike Napoli is out of Boston’s lineup Wednesday for a fourth straight game due to plantar fasciitis.

  1. aceshigh11 - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Badass.

  2. kraa0901 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Where were you last week when I got eliminated in the Fantasy World?! My savior two years ago and my foe this year. Son of a b!

  3. thebigtim2012 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Another commenter in a previous post hit the nail thru the board and into the basement. Any other year his season would have been over he’s rushed back due to his impending free agency and the belief that he’s fragile.

  4. kraa0901 - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    I figured as much. Boras is playing his game as usual! Unfortunately he is meddling with someone’s health in this one….

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