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Ellsbury out again; Victorino's return delayed

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  June 2, 2013 06:46 PM

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NEW YORK — Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will miss his third consecutive game with a strained left groin. He was injured on Thursday in Philadelphia stealing second base.

With the Red Sox off on Monday, Ellsbury will get four consecutive days to recover.

“It improved, yet not ready to go today. We’re shooting for Tuesday,” Farrell said.

On Friday, the Red Sox were confident that Shane Victorino would come off the disabled list on Wednesday, the first day he is eligible. But that will not be the case.

Victorino did some short sprints in the outfield before the game and said he was running at only 60 percent. Victorino said he strained left hamstring has healed but he needs time to build up to game speed.

“I can’t play running at 60 percent,” he said. “My legs are a big part of my game. I need to get back to the point where I can run normally.”

Farrell was on the field to watch Victorino run.

“At times he was [tentative]. He’s not running at 100 percent,” Farrell said. “The one thing that we’re being cautious with here is that based on experience of having him come back and play successive games and he’s had a couple of those setbacks prior to going on the disabled list, we want to be sure that there’s a gradual improvement, which he’s showing.

“To say he’s going to go on a rehab assignment [Monday] or [Tuesday] is probably a little premature at this point. We’re just being a little bit more overly cautious.”

Victorino said he would need at least a few minor league games before returning.

“There’s been no setbacks; there’s been no re-aggravation of it. It’s just a matter of when he tries to get to that explosiveness; he doesn’t have quite the confidence. We’re honestly telling him to more gradually get into it. What we don’t want to do is turn this into an extended period.”

Victorino also had a back injury last month. But that is no longer an issue.

“It’s all the leg,” he said. “But it’s getting better.”

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