Ellsbury appears on track to start Wednesday

Ellsbury appears on track to start Wednesday

Ellsbury appears on track to start Wednesday

DENVER -- Jacoby Ellsbury passed every test on Tuesday and is on track to make his return to the lineup on Wednesday night against the Rockies.

This will be Ellsbury's first game action since Sept. 5. He suffered a compression fracture of his fight foot on Aug. 28 and initially tried to play through it.

"He's likely to be in the lineup tomorrow in center field, leading off," said manager John Farrell.

Ellsbury will probably be removed after three at-bats.

"Looking forward to getting on the field. It should be fun," said Ellsbury.

With Ellsbury's return looming, Dustin Pedroia moved out of the leadoff spot, where he had been hitting of late, and was restored to the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

Shane Victorino led off Tuesday's game.

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