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BOSTON (CBS) — While the Red Sox still sit several games under .500 more than a month into the regular season, there was a bit of good news surrounding the team on Tuesday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, out since April 13 with a shoulder injury, checked in via Twitter to tell fans that he is making progress in his recovery.
“Hey guys,” Ellsbury wrote. “Wanted to give you an update. My shoulder is making great progress. Can’t wait to get back out there!”
The Red Sox were 2-5 when Ellsbury suffered the injury when sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play, and the team, now 12-16, hasn’t gotten much better.
Ellsbury was coming off an MVP-caliber campaign in 2011, when he hit .321 with 32 home runs and 105 RBIs. This season, he was hitting .192 in just seven games.
This season, Red Sox center fielders are hitting .239, which ranks 10th in the American League, and have a .616 OPS, which is second-to-last in the AL.
Initial reports for Ellsbury’s recovery estimated a six-to-eight week schedule.