BALTIMORE — Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the lineup for the sixth consecutive game with a super-secret injury that Bobby Valentine has been told not to talk about. But the center fielder could play on Saturday.
"They said tomorrow, he should be in there tomorrow," Valentine said. "He's going to do everything today in practice, going to actually test everything today. Then tomorrow will be the day. I hope all goes well — throwing and hitting."
Ellsbury, who has a strained lat according to sources, has been set to play the next game for three games now. He last played on Sept. 20.
Since returning from the disabled list on July 13, Ellsbury has missed eight of the 71 games the Sox have played. That does not count today.
In other news:
• Will Middlebrooks took a few swings at balls on a tee today. His right wrist (which was fractured in August) was sore but held up well.
"It's a peace of mind thing for me and for them," Middlebrooks said. "I'm going to be fine. It's getting better."
The Red Sox sent Carl Crawford home last season with a sore wrist that was supposed to be nothing. Then he had surgery in January. The intent with Middlebrooks seems to be making sure he's OK before the season ends.
• Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is a new father and will miss the game today. Maverick Wieters was born Friday morning.
Maverick Wieters is a tremendous name.
"A name like Mav Wieters, got a chance to be pretty good. You know he's going to be over 6-feet tall," Buck Showalter told the O's writers.