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Nixon feeling ill

Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  June 29, 2006 04:48 PM

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Trot Nixon's omission from the lineup has more to do with his physical health than the fact that a lefthander, Tom Glavine, is starting for the Mets. Francona said Nixon is dealing with a stomach bug. Nixon was actually feeling ill yesterday, but toughed it out before being lifted for Gabe Kapler in the seventh.

"He didn't want me to know he was sick, but I've got my peeps down there to give me a little heads up," said Francona. "Trot's pretty pale, but he was borderline yellow going into that game. He didn't look too good. He's 3 for 5 [against Glavine] and he's swung the bat good and maybe with a lefthanded bat you keep Glavine honest, but with him being sick it made it easy."

-- Jason Johnson is scheduled to make his Red Sox debut tomorrow against the Florida Marlins. Johhnson, who was picked up from the Cleveland Indians in a trade on June 21, hasn't pitched since June 19. The sinkerballer should benefit from Boston's best-in-the-majors defense, which has gone 15 straight games without an error. "Jason is a smart kid," said Francona. "He sees what's going on here. The more grounders he gets, the better off we're going to be. He knows that."

On the injury front:
-- Francona said that Keith Foulke (elbow) will remain at Fenway during the first part of the Red Sox road trip. The reliever will stay in Boston until the Fourth of July for sure, said Francona, but after that setup begins for the two shows that Dave Matthews Band and Sheryl Crow will play at the Fens on July 7 and 8.

-- Wily Mo Pena (left wrist) is headed to Lowell tomorrow for the beginning of a two-day stint there and then will head to Pawtucket for a longer stint there. Francona indicated Pena would go on the road with the PawSox, who start a six-game road trip on July 4 in Rochester, N.Y.

-- Lenny DiNardo (neck strain) is no closer to a return as he is still experiencing tingling in his fingers.

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