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Pawtucket next step for Ellsbury

Updated: July 29, 2010, 12:23 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The return of Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury may finally be in sight.

Limited to just nine games by five fractured ribs and subsequent complications, Ellsbury is supposed to play nine innings for the Gulf Coast League Sox on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. Assuming that goes well, the plan, according to a source, is for Ellsbury to report to Triple-A Pawtucket and play two or three games there before the Sox decide what the next step should be.

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