Ellsbury expected to be back Tuesday

August, 22, 2011
8/22/11
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was not in the lineup Monday night for the third consecutive game due to a bruised back, but he's expected to return on Tuesday, according to manager Terry Francona.

Ellsbury was able to take early batting practice in the cage on Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the session went well, Francona said.

"We're pushing for (Tuesday) and he's good with that," Francona said.

Ellsbury told Francona on Monday that he felt good enough to play in the first of four games against the Texas Rangers, but the manager thought it best to give it one more day for precautionary reasons.

"I thought if we did that, we'll be in good shape for tomorrow," Francona said.

Francona also admitted that Ellsbury hit Sunday in Kansas City.

"He hit (Sunday) but it wasn't really easy for him, but today he let loose a bit more and he did better," Francona said. "If he keeps improving the way he has, he'll play tomorrow. He'll be sore, but he'll play."

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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