Jacoby Ellsbury is back in the Red Sox lineup after missing five games with a groin strain. Daniel Nava did a commendable job batting leadoff in his absence, hitting .364 with a .375 on-base percentage.
“Yesterday after his work on the field, he didn’t experience any additional stiffness or soreness,” said manager John Farrell. “Actually, throughout the game last night, a couple of conversations with him, he felt confident he’d be ready to today and in fact he is.”
The question now becomes to what degree the Red Sox will have to manage Ellsbury’s health by giving him days off.
“It’s something that we’ll continue to talk with him about as he comes out of each game, monitoring it,” Farrell said. “Kind of left it in his hands a far as how aggressive he’ll be on the basepaths.
“But the fact that he was able to at least show some explosiveness on the field yesterday, otherwise we wouldn’t have put him in there. We don’t want to restrict him completely of any kind of base-stealing opportunities. But all things considered, we’ll balance all of that and monitor how he comes out of each game.”
• Former Celtic Jason Collins will throw out the first pitch tonight. Read more about what Collins is doing in Boston in this story by Shira Springer.
• Supposed to rain on Friday. Having LHP Franklin Morales stretched out could prove beneficial if there’s a doubleheader against the Angels Saturday or Sunday.
• Amusing scene from batting practice: There was a slow country song playing over the loudspeakers at Fenway Park when David Ortiz came out of the dugout. He looked up at the control room and shouted, “Hey!” Within seconds, a Snoop Dogg song came on.
Now that is power.