The Red Sox announced before Friday nights game that ailing center fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury, has resumed baseball activities. Boston's manager, John Farrell, acknowledged that the 29 year old took swings off a tee and began throwing again. Although Farrell and the Red Sox medical staff did not give a time table for Ellsbury's return, both did say that they was confident that Ellsbury would return before the end of the season. Ellsbury was sidelined on September 15th with a compression fracture in right foot.
While the news that Ellsbury will return before the end of the regular season is encouraging, the Red Sox can ill-afford to have a hobbled leadoff hitter in the postseason. The 29 year old has been terrific atop the Boston line up in 2013. So far Ellsbury has hit .299/.355/.424 this season with 169 hit and over 30 doubles. Following up an injury plagued 2012 season, the free agent to be has regained his prowess as a threat on the base paths by swipping 52 bases on the season which leads the majors leagues.
With the Red Sox set to enter the post season, it will be interesting to see how Ellsbury handles in game stress on his injured foot. Nothing would increase Boston's World Series hopes more than a healthy Jacoby Ellsbury wreaking havoc in the batters box and roaming the outfield. Be sure to check back with CLNS Radio as Ellsbury continues his path to recovery.