NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury has been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his right foot. But according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, the team’s leadoff hitter and center fielder should be back before the end of the regular season.
“We feel like he’ll return this year,” Farrell said Sunday after a 4-3 loss against the Yankees. “We’re hopeful the regular season.”
A specialist, Dr. Thomas Clanton, examined Ellsbury at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., Sunday. He confirmed the original diagnosis of a fracture in the navicular bone.
Ellsbury will wear a boot to take weight off his foot for at least five days.
“After that we’ll see how he responds to treatment and how he’s feeling himself,” Farrell said. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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