It’s something that has been bothering him for a couple of days, so Red Sox manager John Farrell thought it best to give Ellsbury the night off against Tigers ace Max Scherzer. Ellsbury actually has decent career numbers against the right-hander, posting a .556 average (5-for-9) with one home run and five RBIs.
Farrell believes Ellsbury will be back in the lineup Wednesday.
“He felt like today was the day he needed to try to get ahead of it,” Farrell said.
Farrell said it’s the type of injury Ellsbury will deal with for the remainder of the season.
“We fully expect it’ll be something he’ll manage the rest of the way,” the manager said. “We’re hopeful and expect him to play [Wednesday] but I don’t think it’s going to be gone overnight.”
Ellsbury was removed from Sunday’s game after the eighth inning due to the discomfort in his hand. Farrell explained Ellsbury was jammed a few times during the series finale against the Chicago White Sox.
Ellsbury was back in the lineup Monday against the Tigers, but went 0-for-3 with a walk.
“Everyday players, this time of the year, are going to be dealing with certain things and his happens to be in his left hand,” Farrell said.
Ellsbury is batting .297 with 7 homers and 50 RBIs this season. He's leading the majors with 51 stolen bases.
* Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also is out of the lineup and could miss two to three more days due to soreness in his lower back, according to Farrell. Backup catcher David Ross will serve as Jon Lester’s batterymate tonight. Saltalamacchia’s back has been bothering him for the last several days and became increasingly worse.
“Throughout the course of [Monday’s] game, it became a little more apparent he needed a little bit of a breather,” Farrell said.
Saltalamacchia has played 108 games this season and he’s on pace to set a career high in games played. He played 121 games last season.
He’s batting .263 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs this season.
The back discomfort has hampered his recent at-bats, Farrell said.
"A little bit,” the manager said. “And the transfers on some of his throws.”
* Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz will make his third and final minor league rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket on Thursday in Rochester, N.Y. He was originally scheduled to start Wednesday, but he and his wife are expecting the birth of the couple’s second child, so the pitcher’s start was pushed back a day. Buchholz is scheduled to throw between 75 and 80 pitches, and if he continues to progress he’s expecting to return to Boston’s rotation on Sept. 10 against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla.