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Jose Iglesias OK after being hit on the elbow

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 6, 2013 11:15 AM

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TORONTO Jose Iglesias was on the field at 10:15 a.m. playing catch with assistant athletic trainer Brad Pearson. Iglesias was catching the ball, flipping it behind his back and then throwing it back with his usual zip.

So, yeah, the Red Sox shortstop is feeling just fine after being drilled on the right elbow by a Josh Johnson fastball on Friday night.

"It's a little tight but I can play," Iglesias said as he came off the field. "I actually feel pretty good."

But Iglesias is out of the lineup today. Manager John Farrell said it was a planned day off to get Pedro Ciriaco in the game. Ciriaco was 2 for 4 subbing for Iglesias on Friday night.

"He's available if the need does arise," Farrell said. "It was encouraging that he came in and was pleading his case to get in today's lineup."

Iglesias is 7 of 12 this season with one double, one RBI and two runs scored filling in for Stephen Drew.

Iglesias said he expects to play on Sunday, something Farrell agreed with. Drew could rejoin the team on Monday from his rehabilitation assignment.

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