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Pregame notes: Victorino out of the lineup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  September 19, 2013 05:29 PM

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Shane Victorino is out of the lineup with a sore right thumb. He came out of the game on Wednesday night before his final at-bat.

"I'm not talking about that right now," he said.

Victorino has been out of the lineup for four of the last 10 games because of various injuries. Given that Victorino is hitting .330/.402/.557 in his last 43 games, that's a concern.

"Shane's day-to-day right now," manager John Farrell said. "He came out last night a little bit sore in that right thumb. We have no other updates as of today."

Farrell said the recent days off for Victorino have been to manage injuries. But he expressed no worry.

"He does need some time right now to get ahead of it," the manager said. "But there's not an overriding concern that he's not going to be available."

Also:

• The Red Sox can only clinch a playoff berth with a win tonight.

• Here's the daily update that's not an update on Jacoby Ellsbury: "No," Farrell said when asked if there was anything new. "He'll stay the course. We're not at the point of initiating any baseball activity yet. Improvement's being made but it's more on the physical side of things."

• The Sox had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th inning against Baltimore on Wednesday night. Drew was the scheduled hitter against lefthander T.J. McFarland.

Drew was 0 for 6 with five strikeouts against McFarland but was allowed to hit. He grounded into a double play in a game the game the Red Sox went on to lose, 5-3 in 12 innings.

Drew is hitting .183 with a .568 OPS against lefthanders this season. That drops to .162 with a .537 OPS in 80 plate appearances against lefthanded relievers.

Today, Farrell said the idea of pinch hitting for Drew against lefthanders late in games would be discussed.

“Going forward, when there’s maybe more of a sense of urgency with postseason situations, I’m sure that’ll be something Stephen and I will talk through well in advance when that situation may come up again,” Farrell said.

“I’m well aware of what Stephen is doing against lefthanded pitching. But there might be a time for that.”

• The rotation coming up: Jon Lester, Felix Doubront and Clay Buchholz against Toronto and Jake Peavy against the Rockies on Tuesday. Wednesday is TBA.

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