MIAMI — Not much big news out of the pre-game media session. But to keep you up to date:
• Rich Hill admitted he was pretty anxious before getting his elbow checked out on Monday by Dr. James Andrews. That he has a flexor tendon strain and not ligament damage was a huge relief. He has been shut down from throwing for two weeks and then will be evaluated.
Andrews mentioned a six-week recovery period to Hill.
• Marlon Byrd, who was designated over the weekend, was released.
• According to Bobby Valentine, the decision was made “two weeks ago” to have David Ortiz sit the second game of this series.
Meanwhile Ortiz is 21 of 62 against Mark Buehrle and Youkilis is 3 of 14. Youkilis also is 3 of his last 22 with one extra-base and one RBI.
• Daniel Nava, who had a cortisone shot in his injured left hand, is a day or two away from playing. How many days have the Sox had 25 healthy players on the roster? It’s no more than half the season, seems like.
• Valentine said Jacoby Ellsbury took soft toss and hit off a tee again today. He professed not to know when the center fielder would be able to take regular batting practice. “He’s making good progress,” Valentine said. There’s that term again.
• Luis Tiant was working the room, talking to the players. It’s amazing how a 71-year-old man who retired in 1982 can connect to everybody. Pitchers, position players, all races and ages. El Tiante is a fun guy to be around no matter who you are.
“Did you see the smoke?” said Tiant, who threw out the first pitch on Monday.
Josh Beckett and Cody Ross were cracking up as Luis told them what he said to Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. I’d repeat it but I like being employed.