Sox CFJacoby Ellsbury Says He’s Healed And Ready To Play

Healthy Ellsbury looking ahead after lost season

By HOWARD ULMAN
AP Sports Writer
      FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – Jacoby Ellsbury stood in the batting
cage, swinging freely from the left side at balls set on a tee and
thrown underhanded from 15 feet.
      The Red Sox fleet center fielder didn't wince or wail in pain on
a sunny Wednesday morning.
      Ellsbury feels good again. He said he's 100 percent healthy
after he broke five ribs last year, then endured more heat when his
willingness to play hurt was questioned on talk shows.
      No wonder, after being limited to 18 games, he has no interest
in talking about his turbulent 2010 season. He'd rather focus on
2011 when he could be the leadoff hitter on what may be baseball's
best lineup. He won't say if he'll steal more bases than left
fielder Carl Crawford, but said he wouldn't bet against himself
being faster than his new teammate.
      
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