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Ellsbury Likely Coming Back Friday

J. Meric/Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is expected back in the Boston Red Sox lineup when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays Friday.

Ellsbury has been out since April 14 with a partially dislocated shoulder. Last season Ellsbury finished second in the American League MVP vote, when he hit .321 with 32 home runs, 105 RBIs, 39 stolen bases and 119 runs scored. 

Red Sox General manager Ben Cherington is staying cautiously optimistic.

“We’ve been saying for a while that we feel like we have a good team here,” Cherington said. “But the reality is that we’re at .500 a day after the All-Star break. We have good players that have been playing and good players on the way back and getting healthy, but at some point you have to stop talking about the cavalry coming and start winning games.”

Ellsbury hit .192 with no home runs in seven games played this season.

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