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Ellsbury could return midweek

Updated: April 18, 2010, 2:12 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury took another step toward his return.

Ellsbury, who bruised his ribs in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre last Sunday in Kansas City, called Saturday "the best progression" after he played catch and took 25 swings.

He's hopeful to be back in the lineup midweek.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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