Ubaldo Jimenez was feeling sick and went home according to the Denver Post. Jimenez was speaking to reporters for a while, but then dressed in his street clothes and left the stadiuum. Right now he’s not expected to miss tomorrow night’s start. Jimenez told the Post that he felt “dizzy” and hot and wanted to go home to get some sleep.
Terry Francona’s hope is that J.D. Drew can play Thursday, but for now he’ll likely sit the next two games. The Sox recalled Josh Reddick from Pawtucket and he’s is in the lineup in rightfield. The Sox optioned Robert Manuel to Pawtucket.
The Sox also have to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka for Thursday’s start and that’s when Reddick will likely return to Pawtucket.
With no DH, Big Papi sits tonight against righthander Jhoulys Chacin, but Francona said that Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis and Adrian Beltre will each play two games in this series which means Youkilis will likely play third base in one game.
The Daniel Nava-MIke Cameron-Josh Reddick alignment is the 21st different outfield the Sox have used.
Francona said he didn’t give returning to Colorado where the Sox clinched the 2007 World Series much thought saying, “it was awesome but that was a long time ago.”
Francona gave updates on some other players:
Jacoby Ellsbury: Francona said the outfielder, who has gone away to Athletes Performance in Arizona, is experiencing less pain to a one cracked posterior rib but is improving. He’ll be re-evaluated at the end of the week.
Jed Lowrie: He’s been playing in extended spring training games in Fort Myers. Francona said they’d like to get Lowrie to the Lowell Spinners soon, but that he “felt really bad today.” Lowrie has been recovering from mononucleosis since the offseason.
Josh Beckett: Threw 42 pitches (all fastballs) of the mound yesterday and will throw 55 (and all of his pitches) tomorrow. Beckett’s back feels much better. He’ll also do a simulated game Saturday in San Francisco.
Jeremy Hermida: The Sox reserve outfielder, who fractured five ribs, was scheduled to participate in outfield drills, but has not yet begun swinging a bat.
Sox assistant GM Ben Cherington said on XM radio with Jim Bowden the team may be looking for a lefthanded hitting outfielder, a backup defensive shortstop and possibly bullpen help.