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Red Sox’ Jose Iglesias feeling better after plunking

Jose Iglesias

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Jose Iglesias did not play in a 5-0 loss against the Blue Jays.

TORONTO — Jose Iglesias was on the field at 10:15 a.m. Saturday playing catch with assistant athletic trainer Brad Pearson. Iglesias was catching the ball, flipping it behind his back, and then throwing it back with his usual zip.

So the Red Sox shortstop was feeling just fine after being drilled on the right elbow by a Josh Johnson fastball Friday night.

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“It’s a little tight but I can play,” Iglesias said as he came off the field. “I actually feel pretty good.”

But Iglesias did not play in a 5-0 loss against the Blue Jays. Manager John Farrell said it was a planned day off to get Pedro Ciriaco in the game.

Ciriaco was 2 for 4 subbing for Iglesias Friday night and was 0 for 2 with a walk Saturday.

“It was encouraging that he came in and was pleading his case to get in today’s lineup,” said Farrell, who expects to start Iglesias Sunday.

Iglesias is 7 of 12 this season with one double, one RBI, and two runs filling in for Stephen Drew, who is on the disabled list with a concussion.

Drew was scheduled to play nine innings for Double A Portland Saturday. But there was no game at Hadlock Field because of winter-like conditions.

It was 35 degrees in Portland with winds of more than 20 miles per hour and the game was postponed until July 2, when it will be part of a doubleheader.

Drew has played two games in his rehabilitation assignment and will play for Portland Sunday, weather permitting.

The Sox originally were planning for Drew to play four games before rejoining the team Monday. How he feels after playing on Sunday will determine the next step.

Bailey impressive

Andrew Bailey threw 19 pitches in the eighth inning Friday night. Thirteen were fastballs and three of those produced swinging strikes. All were from 95-97 m.p.h.

Bailey put two runners on with one out then picked up two outs in a span of five pitches.

“He had great stuff, the best I’ve seen from him,” catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. “That fastball was great.”

Bailey was a closer in Oakland for three seasons and twice made the All-Star team. A thumb injury ruined last season for him, but now he looks like the pitcher the Sox thought they had when they acquired him from the Athletics.

“He’s healthy,” Farrell said. “You look back to last year and missing three-plus months. That’s extremely difficult to try and make up and jump back in the flow of things after you’ve missed that amount of time. But he’s pitching with a lot of confidence and you grow that with each outing in spring training.

“Obviously it’s a little bit of a luxury to have that type of pitcher in the eighth inning.”

Bailey has appeared in two games so far.

Judicious use

The Sox plan on being careful with how they use 38-year-old Koji Uehara. He has a lot of mileage on his arm given the 1,549 innings he threw in Japan from 1999-2008.

Uehara has been a reliever since 2010. The Sox will use him only an inning at a time regardless of pitch count. They’ll also try to give him days off between appearances.

“The tendency is going to be to call his name all the time,” Farrell said. “He loves to compete. You see the energy he comes off the field with after completing an inning. We’re fortunate we’ve got the depth that we do and the quality that we do. We’ll have the ability to spread some things out and Koji will be a guy that we’ll factor all those things.

We have to consider — not taking anything away from him — that he’s He’s had a long career and a very successful one and we’ve got to manage the physical side of that.”

Ortiz on schedule

David Ortiz went through a base running drill at the team complex in Fort Myers, Fla. He remains scheduled to play in an extended spring training game on Monday . . . The game drew a crowd of 45,797. But unlike the mob Friday night that chanted obscenities at Farrell, they were relatively well behaved. The Blue Jays are expecting 40,000-plus for the final game Sunday . . . The Jays were late posting their lineup because they wanted to see how right fielder Jose Bautista felt after testing his right ankle, which he injured Thursday. Bautista “didn’t feel quite right,” according to manager John Gibbons, and missed his second straight game. He hopes to play Sunday . . . The Jays designated righthander Jeremy Jeffress for assignment. He allowed a run in the ninth Friday in his first appearance of the season. Toronto called up righthander David Bush from Triple A Buffalo . . . Shane Victorino has reached base safely in all five games this season . . . Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. had his first unproductive day, going 0 for 3 with two strikeouts . . . Jays shortstop Jose Reyes is 6 of 9 in the series with two doubles, a home run, a stolen base, and a walk . . . The Sox are 13 of 58 (.224) with runners in scoring position and have left 47 runners on base in five games . . . The Sox have a lineup that will, based on prior results, hit lefthanders very well. But they are 19 of 79 (.241) against lefties so far and 30 of 101 (.297) against righthanders . . . First baseman/outfielder Mike Carp is the only Red Sox player yet to play.

Peter Abraham can be reached at pabraham@globe.cm. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.
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