Ellsbury Has a Broken Foot

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J. Meric/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury’s trip to Denver for a second opinion on his ailing right foot provided him the same information he received when he was examined the first time — he has a compression fracture of the navicular bone.

“Yeah, 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,” Red Sox skipper John Farrell said. “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. We’re hopeful in the regular season.”

Ellsbury was originally injured on Aug. 28 when he fouled a ball off the top of his foot in the seventh inning. Ellsbury stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, beating out an infield hit and stealing second, but didn’t take the field in the eighth.

Ellsbury actually played in the next five games before missing last Tuesday’s game with a thumb injury. He returned to action Wednesday but aggravated the foot while stealing second in Thursday’s game versus the New York Yankees. Ellsbury was officially shut down on Saturday.

Ellsbury, the major league leader in stolen bases with 52, is hitting .299 with 89 runs scored, eight home runs and 52 RBIs this season.

Shane Victorino and Daniel Nava are expected to leadoff for the Sox with Ellsbury out.

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