The Red Sox are gearing up for a return to the postseason but whether or not Ellsbury is in the lineup remains a mystery after the outfielder was diagnosed with a compression fracture in his right foot. The injury occurred August 28 when Ellsbury fouled a ball off of his foot. He aggravated the injury a week later and further tests revealed the break.
The exact bone Ellsbury fractured is the navicular bone. The navicular is a small bone located in the mid-foot and plays a vital role in proper weight transfer. Unlike some of the bones located in the area, the majority of the navicular has a relatively healthy supply of blood. An ample amount of blood creates an environment more conducive to healing.
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