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Jacoby Ellsbury: ‘I’m definitely dying to get back out there’

09.18.13 at 6:53 pm ET
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Jacoby Ellsbury said that doctors are pleased with the progress of his recovery from a broken foot. (AP)

Jacoby Ellsbury said that doctors are pleased with the progress of his recovery from a broken foot. (AP)

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, speaking to the media for the first time since being diagnosed with a small non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, said that team doctors are pleased with the pace of his recovery from the injury, and that all signs point to the likelihood of his return during the regular season. Indeed, he said that he wanted to play through the injury, but that the team’s medical staff told him that in order to recover, he needed to take time off his feet.

“When I did it kind of deep down I kind of knew something was going on, but I didn’t really want to get — I wanted to play. And it was just one of those things where, the docs were like you know you’ve got to give this thing some rest. You can’t push through this. Got to give it time,” said Ellsbury, who is hitting .299 with a .355 OBP and .424 slugging mark with eight homers and 52 steals. “But I’m very excited with the progress I’ve made. The doctors are very optimistic about coming back and playing.”

Asked if Ellsbury might have made the condition worse by playing seven games between the time that he slammed a foul ball off the top of his foot on Aug. 28 and when he underwent the MRI that led to the diagnosis of a fracture, the 30-year-old chose to look ahead rather than backwards.

“I just know that moving forward that once it does heal there’ll be no issue moving forward. So it’s going to be a full recovery. Won’t see any lingering effects and I’ll be good to go,” said Ellsbury. “I wanted to play first and foremost. I know we’re in a playoff race. So when I heard the news, they were surprised that I was playing with it for that long. That’s what surprised them. But like I said I’ve got great information, the doctors have done a tremendous job so very hopeful that I’ll be back to playing as soon as possible.”

There was no firm date affixed to when that might prove possible. Nor did Ellsbury offer a sense of how many games he would want back in the lineup before the conclusion of the regular season in order to feel that he’d effectively eliminated any rust from inactivity.

“I’m definitely dying to get back out there,” said Ellsbury. ”The docs have put me on a fast track as far as a plan and getting back as quick as possible. At the same time, just getting out there and playing like I can, I keep on telling them I’m trying to push the envelope with them. They always have to tell me to slow down. It does take time, but I’m very hopeful I’ll be back playing soon.”

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