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Pre-game notes from Fenway

Terry Francona said he was happy to see Jacoby Ellsbury back but made it a point to say that the team would keep a close eye on him.

Ellsbury will not necessarily play every day or always hit leadoff.

In other news:

* Kevin Youkilis will see a hand specialist in Cleveland tomorrow to further determine the extent of his injury. In a strange turn of events, MSNBC commentator (and resolute Yankees fan) Keith Olbermann posted on Twitter that he heard Youkilis was done for the season.

That could well prove to be true. But that determination has not been made.

* Dustin Pedroia took BP on the field again today and was shuffling around first base for a while. He still can’t run as well as he needs to yet but will try and extend himself some more on Friday, which marks the six weeks since he was injured.

“I tried to push it a little on Monday and I could still feel it,” Pedroia said. “So they told me to wait until Friday. It wasn’t a setback or anything, I just need to wait for that six-week mark.”

* Jason Varitek did a little light jogging today.

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