Big concerns for playoff-bound clubs

The Red Sox don't know what they can expect from Jacoby Ellsbury. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Even for teams that know they are going to play October games, questions hover. Such as ...

Boston Red Sox: What’s the status of Jacoby Ellsbury?

He met with reporters Wednesday, Alex Speier among them, and Ellsbury said he can’t wait to play, but the simple fact is he’s running out of days to get some swings and he's dealing with a small foot fracture.

If the Red Sox wind up with the best record in the American League, it will buy them a few extra days to get Ellsbury into a cage so he can hit against major league-caliber pitching.