Boras pleased with Ellsbury's progress

June, 20, 2012
BOSTON -- Red Sox rehabbing outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury stepped out of the dugout early Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park and was clearly in search of someone in the stands of the empty ballpark.

Standing in the shade a few sections behind the dugout was Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, who was in town for a few personal housekeeping items that included seeing his newest client -- Red Sox top pick Deven Marrero -- work out at Fenway Park.

But before Boras watched Marrero take ground balls along with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, shortstop Mike Aviles and third baseman Will Middlebrooks, the super agent spoke with Ellsbury outside the clubhouse.

The two discussed Ellsbury's rehab from a shoulder injury he suffered at the start of this season. He's been hitting, running and throwing for the last week. If things continue to progress, Ellsbury should be able to start a minor league rehab assignment sooner rather than later.

If Ellsbury and Boras learned anything from the player's injury-prone 2010 season -- when Ellsbury was limited to 18 games due to three separate rib injuries -- is that there's no need to rush things.

In fact, Boras said he's been pleased with the way the Red Sox have handled Ellsbury's injury and rehab this season.

"(GM Ben Cherington has) been communicating with me, Jacoby's happy and the medical treatment has been great," Boras said.

As far as what Ellsbury has been able to do in terms of baseball activities, Boras said he's also pleased with the results.

"When you've had players that have been away for a while, you really can't make a lot of judgments until they've had three or four consecutive batting practices and then you kind of know. You get real sore and the soreness goes away and once you're able to put away a number of consecutive batting practices, you get more of an understanding of the timetable."

Speaking of timetables, Ellsbury will become a free agent in 2014, and Boras said there's been no communication with Cherington on a possible contract extension at this point.

"I'm sure Ben and I will be talking," Boras said. "We have to talk during the offseason and as to what the conversation will be about, I know at minimum it's going to be a year, so we'll see. Jacoby's focus is playing and getting back on the field and helping this team win."

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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