Jacoby Ellsbury has fractured foot, aims to return before playoffs

It's good news-bad news for Jacoby Ellsbury and his injured foot. (USATSI)
It's good news-bad news for Jacoby Ellsbury and his injured foot. (USATSI)

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Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been sidelined with an injury to his right foot. Now come the results of follow-up tests:

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. 

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