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Ellsbury In Boot, But Farrell Confident ‘He’ll Return This Year’

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Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after fouling a pitch off his right foot against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury reacts after fouling a pitch off his right foot against the Baltimore Orioles. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has a non-displaced compression fracture in his right foot, but the team hopes to have their leadoff man back by the end of the regular season.

Ellsbury had the foot examined in Boston on Saturday and received a second opinion on it  from Dr. Thomas Clanton in Colorado, who confirmed the original diagnosis. Now Ellsbury will be in boot for five days and the team will re-evaluate him later this week.

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“The exam that he went through, the images taken in Denver concur with what’s been found in the exam in Boston and he does have a compression fracture,” manager John Farrell said from New York on Sunday. “That means it’s non-displaced. But at the same time, we feel like he’ll return this year. He’s in a boot right now, will be for the time being. We feel like he’ll be back to us before this year is out.”

According to ESPNBoston.com, Ellsbury could return within the next 10 days.

Ellsbury first suffered the injury on August 28 against the Baltimore Orioles, fouling a ball off the foot. He played in seven games after that, but aggravated it further sliding into second base in Friday night’s win over New York.

The injury is similar, but not as severe, as the break that sidelined second baseman Dustin Pedroia during the 2010 season. Pedroia could not put any pressure on his foot after the injury, whereas Ellsbury was able to play after his.

Ellsbury leads the Red Sox with 89 runs scored, and leads the Majors with 52 stolen bases. For the season, he is batting .299 with 8 home runs and 52 RBIs.

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