For the first time since a 9-8 victory over the New York Yankees on September 5, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is in the Red Sox lineup.
Ellsbury suffered a fracture in his foot back on August 28, but continued to play through the injury for another week before he was eventually placed in a walking boot.
Just five days later, Ellsbury’s agent, Scott Boras, assured fans and reporters Ellsbury would be ready to play by the time the postseason started.
Apparently, he was right.
According to NESN’s Jenny Dell, Ellsbury is back in the lineup playing center field and batting first.
Red Sox manager John Farrell made an appearance on WEEI’s Salk and Holley show in Boston Wednesday and discussed Ellsbury’s potential return.
“Everything points to that being yes,” Farrell said when asked about Ellsbury’s return via Alex Speier of WEEI.com. “Everything points to him starting in center field tonight.”
On the season, Ellsbury is hitting .299, has an on base percentage of .355 and is slugging .424. His 169 hits are the most among American League leadoff hitters. Ellsbury has eight home runs, 52 RBI and a league-leading 52 stolen-bases.