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Still No Set Time For Ellsbury's Return, But Epstein Says He Is 'Closer And Closer'

The last we heard about Jacoby Ellsbury's recovery from a second set of cracked ribs almost three weeks ago, with news that he could be out until the All-Star break. On Wednesday, Theo Epstein commented on Ellsbury, who is rehabbing at Athletes' Performance in Arizona, and while there is still no timetable for his return, the GM did say that the center fielder is getting "closer and closer."

"He's making progress every day. His symptoms are subsiding slowly but surely. I think that's a really important element of this because he can't start baseball activities until the symptoms are much less than when they last saw him. He's making progress," said Epstein. "There's no definitive timetable on it, but I think we're getting closer and closer to the time that we'll see him ramp up his physical activities, then get to baseball activities, then start to contemplate a rehab assignment. We're not there yet. But he's making progress nonetheless because he's starting to feel better.

Esptein added that eventually, Ellsbury will "transition either back here or to [the team's extended spring training complex in] Fort Myers to resume baseball activities."

Ellsbury has appeared in just nine games this season. For all things Red Sox visit Over The Monster.


G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2010 - Jacoby Ellsbury 9 44 7 11 4 0 0 3 1 6 2 0 .250 .267 .341