Farrell on Ellsbury: Tests in Denver concur w/ Boston. Compression fracture, non displaced. Hopeful to return by end of reg. season.— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2013
Since we're talking about a fractured foot on a player who relies heavily on his speed, consider this something better than the worst-case scenario. Since the fracture is non-displaced, that means the bone has maintained proper alignment, which aids in healing. Ellsbury sustained the injury on Aug. 28, when he fouled a ball off his foot.
Fortunately for the Red Sox, they have a deep roster and a semi-comfortable lead in the AL East. The goal now is to get Ellsbury in fighting shape for the postseason.
This season, the 29-year-old Ellsbury, a pending free agent, is batting .299/.355/.424 (111 OPS+) with 31 doubles, in addition to providing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center. As well, he leads the majors with 52 stolen bases in 56 attempts.