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Injuries force Red Sox to use Nava in center

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  July 8, 2013 10:02 PM

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SEATTLE — The Red Sox did not have Jacoby Ellsbury or Shane Victorino available on Monday night against Seattle and were forced to use a makeshift outfield against the Mariners.

Ellsbury sprained his left wrist during Sunday night’s game against the Angels when he took a swing in the fifth inning. Victorino was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring.

Daniel Nava started in center field for the first time in his career. His professional experience at the position consisted of four games (one start) and 13 innings in the minors.

The oft-injured Ellsbury was not available for comment. Farrell said he is day-to-day and no x-rays are planned.

“He was able to get through [Sunday] night. He was sore afterward and reported today with similar feelings,” Farrell said. “Rather than risk anything, we’ll give him a day out to receive treatment. We’re hopeful this is something that will respond to treatment.”

Victorino came out of Friday night’s game with his injury. He has been dealing with lower back and hamstring injuries for much of the season.

“It’s improving,” he said. “But it’s probably better to wait another day.”

Nava has improved defensively over the last two years. But playing center was not something the Red Sox ever expected.

“That’s the alignment,” Farrell said.

Farrell said the team would wait another day or so before deciding whether a roster move is needed. Neither player is expected to land on the disabled list at this point.

Also:

• Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and Friday in advance of a minor league rehabilitation start on Sunday. The righthander has been out since June 8 with a shoulder injury.

• The Red Sox passed infielder Jonathan Diaz through waivers and outrighted him to Pawtucket. GM Ben Cherington said the team expected to need a spot on the 40-man roster and decided to be proactive.

• Righthanded reliever Daniel Bard, who has not pitched since May 15, is making progress to returning to the mound with Double A Portland. Bard has struggled to throw strikes all season and has been out with what the team claims is an abdominal strain.

• Righthander Jeremy Bonderman, who was scheduled to start for Seattle on Thursday, was designated for assignment. Erasmo Ramirez, a 23-year-old righthander, is expected to be called up from Triple A Tacoma to make the start. He is 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA in the Pacific Coast League.

• The deadline to sign players selected in the amateur draft is Friday. The Red Sox have signed all but three of their top 20 selections. The highest unsigned player is fourth rounder Myles Smith, a righthanded pitcher from Lee University in Tennessee. Cherington said the Sox are working on several of their picks.

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