ANAHEIM -- Long before the Red Sox even took the field on Monday night against the Angels, they had some good news. Leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury started his Minor League rehab assignment, going 1-for-3 in a Gulf Coast League game. Ellsbury served as the designated hitter. He will play the outfield on Tuesday and could move up to Triple-A after that. "I think we have a pretty good plan in place," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We have a couple of different calendars depending on how he feels, and there's some communication every day and that's what we'll continue to do." Ellsbury last played for the Red Sox on May 25. Thanks to multiple fractures in his left ribs, he has appeared in just nine games this season.
If all goes well, he could be back in the lineup within a couple of weeks. "It's all contingent on each day, how he does," Francona said. Corner infielder Mike Lowell took a day off from his rehab assignment for Triple-A Pawtucket on Monday, but will be back in the lineup on Tuesday. Francona said that Lowell could be activated on Friday, when the Sox open a homestand at Fenway against the Tigers.