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Ellsbury out with sore right foot

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 6, 2013 05:26 PM

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NEW YORK Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is not in the lineup tonight because of a sore right foot. He aggravated the injury when he stole second base in the 10th inning Thursday.

The injury originally occurred Aug. 28 when he fouled a ball off his foot.

"Throughout the night, increased pain, some throbbing. Was there again today," manager John Farrell said. "So he's off his feet. Will get treatment throughout the course of the game tonight. Hopefully be back in the lineup here tomorrow."

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Clay Buchholz returned to Boston today to spend time with his newborn daugher. He will rejoin the Red Sox here Saturday and throw in the bullpen Sunday. That would set him up to start Tuesday against Tampa Bay. But the Red Sox aren't quite ready to announce that.

"No change in the rotation as of yet," Farrell said. "We're just making sure we go through every step physically before we make any adjustments to the rotation going forward."

Farrell got a positive report on the game Buchholz pitched for Triple A Pawtucket Thursday. The pitcher also reported no physical issues.

"Felt like with each inning that he's pitched, the increased command and action to his secondary pitches is gaining that consistency," Farrell said. "He's in a pretty good place from a mental standpoint in addition to being physically sound."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia did some hitting and throwing today and looks ready to return to the lineup Saturday.

"It's a real possibility," Farrell said.

The great Pedro Martinez walked through the Red Sox clubhouse just before the start of batting practice. He stopped to shake hands with every player. He even seemed happy to see some old pals in the media.

"Shaughnessy! You evil maniac!" Pedro said to Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy.

Pedro was joking. We hope.

Mike Napoli is hitting .361 in his last 10 games. Farrell has been liberally resting the first baseman and that has had a positive effect.

"If you look at his career path, this is the most at-bats he's had in any year," Farrell said. "I think just the fact we're in the second half of the season, I think the rest has probably kept him fresh and kept his swing compact more so than when he gets in a tired spell."

Napoli missed a few games with plantar fasciitis in his left foot last month. That still affects how he runs at times but not how he swings the bat.

"He's a little bit more fresh right now and that has shown up," Farrell said. "We'll continue to spell him when needed. We've got the off days that we can build in as well. Hopefully every position player should have their legs underneath them as we go through these final 20 games."

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