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Red Sox CF Ellsbury sidelined with broken foot

  • New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second while Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tries to get a hand on the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

    New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second while Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tries to get a hand on the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury scores the go-ahead run on a single by Shane Victorino as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine, right, cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Home Plate umpire Rob Drake is at left. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

    Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury scores the go-ahead run on a single by Shane Victorino as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine, right, cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Home Plate umpire Rob Drake is at left. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

  • Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • New York Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki, right, steals second while Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia tries to get a hand on the ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 in New York. The Yankees won 4-3. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jacoby Ellsbury scores the go-ahead run on a single by Shane Victorino as New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine, right, cannot handle the throw during the 10th inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Home Plate umpire Rob Drake is at left. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees 9-8. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
  • Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Boston Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury reacts as he walks off the field after striking out swinging in the third inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury 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.

Ellsbury had an MRI on Saturday and returned to Boston for further examination. Then he went to Colorado to get a second opinion from foot specialist Dr. 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. He is batting .299 and has scored a team-high 89 runs.

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