CHICAGO — Red Sox manager John Farrell is sticking with Jacoby Ellsbury at the top of the order. But he has given thought to dropping the struggling center fielder down.
“I’ve considered it, yes,” Farrell said. “We’re sticking with him to hopefully give him the opportunity to come out of the situation he’s in right now. I can say this: Whether he’s hitting first or somewhere else in the lineup, there’s still things he has to address.”
As for other news:
• Shane Victorino (left hamstring, back) is out of the lineup. “We think this is a short-term thing,” Farrell said.
Farrell said the organization has discussed whether it would make sense to put Victorino on the disabled list to get fully healthy. “We’re not any closer than we were last night to make a roster move at this point,” he said.
Farrell indicated that he would use Victorino as a leadoff hitter if a change were made because he would want speed at the top of the order. So his being out is a factor in Ellsbury not being moved.
• David Ross (concussion) had a full day of working out back in Boston. He’ll play in a rehab game or two this weekend before he is activated.
• Daniel Bard has not pitched for Double A Portland since May 15. He remains on the roster but has been shut down and is throwing in the bullpen.
“Once there’s some repetition to the bullpens,” Farrell said when asked when Bard will pitch in a game again.
• Jose Iglesias played nine innings at third base today for Triple A Pawtucket in a 9-8 victory against Indianapolis. He committed an error.
The Sox are preparing Iglesias for use as a utility infielder should a need arise. Pedro Ciriaco, who has the job now, has played poorly in the field and not hit.
“It’s in the event that something might happen to someone,” Farrell said. “Just to prepare as best we can if [Iglesias] comes to us in a role that might call on the versatility.”
Iglesias has played only shortstop since signing with the Red Sox in 2009. The Sox will try him at second base, too. Farrell said there are no plans in place in terms of how many games he will play those positions.
“We still view him as an everyday shortstop,” Farrell said. “In the interim, we’re trying to prepare for the potential of him coming and filling that role.”