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"It's a great question. It really is strictly symptom-based," Gill said. "These injuries, they're very variable as far as how long symptoms last. As long as he can swing, hit, run, catch, do anything that he needs to without feeling it in any way, he'll be cleared to play. Sometimes that can be a week. Sometimes that can be a couple of weeks. It really depends on how fast he progresses. From a medical standpoint, he will be safe to play as soon as his symptoms resolve."
Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) participated in live batting practice before Tuesday's game against the Angels.
It marks a significant step in his rehab from four fractured ribs. Provided he continues to do baseball activities without pain, he could soon head out on a minor league rehab assignment, though the Red Sox have yet to lay out any sort of timeline for his return.
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