Jacoby Ellsbury is a big reason that the Boston Red Sox are closing in on a playoff trip.
Now they can only hope he'll be back in time to join them.
The centerfielder has a broken right foot, leaving the AL East leaders without a key offensive catalyst as they try to wrap up the division title.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team believes Ellsbury will be back this year, and hopes it will be during the regular season.
But there is no specific timetable for his return, and the speedy leadoff hitter will keep wearing a protective boot on his injured foot for five days.
"After that, we'll see how he responds to treatment and how he's feeling," Farrell said after Sunday's 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees.
Ellsbury had an MRI exam on Saturday and returned to Boston for further examination. Then he went to Colorado to get a second opinion from foot specialist Thomas Clanton at The Steadman Clinic. Farrell said tests confirmed the diagnosis of a compression fracture, which means it's non-displaced.
Ellsbury leads the majors with 52 stolen bases in 56 attempts. He has scored a team-high 89 runs and is batting .299 with eight homers and 52 RBIs.
"Obviously, it's big. He's a big part of this team," pitcher Jon Lester said. "Hopefully, he's a quick healer and he'll be back soon for us."
Boston, which began the day with the best record in the majors learned that Clay Buchholz is ready to rejoin the rotation after missing three months with a strained neck.
Giambi reaches 2,000
It wasn't much of a hit. A flair that landed in short left field in the ninth inning, but it meant something special to the Indians' Jason Giambi.
It was Giambi's 2,000th hit, coming in his 19th major-league season and 2,226th game.
Giambi began his career as the designated hitter for the Oakland Athletics. In his debut, May 8, 1995, with Roger Pavlik on the mound for the Texas Rangers, Giambi led off the fifth with a single, his first major-league hit.
"I knew about this, because they told me two weeks ago," Giambi said about taking so long to produce No. 2,000. "What is meaningful about it is everything I went through and all the time it took to get here," he said. "To me the biggest thing was getting it off LaTroy [Hawkins]. I have tremendous respect for him. That meant more than the hit. With all the things I've gone through, it feels like 4,000." - Associated Press