David Ortiz has a day off today against Toronto's Mark Buehrle even though he's a .358 career hitter against the lefty with three homers and 13 RBIs in 67 at-bats.
John Farrell said the two discussed the day off in anticipation of the Monday off-day which would give Ortiz two full days to rest what appears to be general soreness of his body.
"With tomorrow being an off-day as well a chance for both he and Salty to get consecutive days down, we thought it was a good time. [Ortiz] has gone about 23 straight for us which probably exceeds what we thought when he first came back in terms of consecutive games we’d be able to get from him this early in his return," Farrell said.
Farrell said he's gotten so much more out of Ortiz (.317/16/57) than he had anticipated.
"Not just in terms of the daily activities, but the way he’s run the bases. There’s been no hesitation. Couple of triples and stolen bases, things that we didn’t anticipate when he came back. He’s responded to that stress and obviously the presence in the middle of our lineup speaks for itself," Farrell said.
Tough to keep him out against Buehrle?
"The way he’s feeling and the need for an off day, overrides that. As we talked about this as week progressed and knowing we had off-day coming, this one was the one he was hopeful for because of the way he’s felt the last couple of days. It’s just general soreness and it's not the Achilles or the heels specifically. Generally, he needs a day," Farrell explained.
In other news:
• Stephen Drew (right hamstring) is still considered day-to-day. The Sox said on Saturday they did not believe Drew would require a stint on the disabled list.
"Just range of motion activity, no running as of yet, but that’s the latest," Farrell said. "There’s no projected time right now."
• Closer Koji Uehara is back in the mix after being used three straight games. He had yesterday off. Uehara has held opponents scoreless in his last nine games. Farrell said he would have gone with Craig Breslow if the Sox needed a closer Saturday, but that never developed in the loss.
"Not to say [Andrew] Bailey wasn’t going to be in the mix. But we went into the situation that matchups was going to determine that," Farrell said.
• Farrell said he felt comfortable with Brandon Snyder at third base today. "Yeah just looking at the tough pitcher we’re going up against today, this might be a better fit. He has [taken ground balls at third] and he has played third base at Triple-A."
• Clay Buchholz was throwing from 75 feet today after starting a throwing program on Saturday.
"He's fine. Today he’ll go through his 75-foot distance and begin a little more structured program going forward," Farrell said.
• Pawtucket second baseman Brock Holt will be able to play again on Monday after being out with an oblique injury. Don't be surprised if Holt is called up as the utility infielder fairly soon.
• Jon Lester seems fine after his hip scare. "He's scheduled for a bullpen today in line for start Wednesday. No lingering affects on the hip," Farrell said.
Lester will continue to use his new windup where his hands are belt high rather than up near his face where he starts his delivery.