Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury played a whole week of baseball with a fractured right foot before the club realized anything was broken, which is probably not the best idea. However, team doctors have determined that his playing last week did nothing to exacerbate the break, reports Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.
A series of tests done over the weekend have revealed that Ellsbury "could not have damaged the [navicular] bone further nor will he," per Lauber's source. Manager John Farrell backed this assessment, stating that a comparison of the X-rays and MRIs indicate that the outfielder's injury has not gotten worse in the last week.
Ellsbury, 30, suffered the injury way back on Aug. 28 by fouling a pitch off the top of his foot. The center fielder was removed from that game, but was right back in the lineup the next day after his initial X-rays were negative. It wasn't until last Friday, Sept. 6, that the speedy outfielder was forced to sit because of his foot, and another two days after that before the club realized he had a compression fracture.
Ellsbury is now in a walking boot and will continue to be for a few more days. He will re-join the team at Fenway on Friday, but will not be cleared for any sort of physical activity until he is re-examined by the team orthopedist and a local foot specialist.
Farrell gave no indication of a timetable for Ellsbury's return, but his agent, Scott Boras, is convinced that the outfielder will be back with the team in time for the postseason, per Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe.
Ellsbury is batting .299/.355/.424 with eight home runs in 131 games this year. A free agent at the end of the season, Ellsbury is on track to be one of the most coveted players on the open market this winter.