Even though Jacoby Ellsbury remained in the game to score the tying run after fouling a ball off his foot in the middle of his seventh inning at-bat, the Red Sox center fielder went for X-rays after Boston’s 4-3 victory over the Orioles Wednesday night.
He left after the inning, replaced by Shane Victorino in center field.
“After he scored, at that point the pain and the soreness wasn’t going away completely even though he took his time at the plate,” Sox manager John Farrell said. “Precautionary, we just got him off his feet at that point.”
The X-rays were negative and Ellsbury expects to be in the lineup Thursday for the series finale with the Orioles.
“He fouled a ball off in that opening between the shin pad that he wears,” Farrell said. “The scan here showed that it was negative. We’ll certainly examine him when he comes in tomorrow. If overnight there’s additional pain or swelling, we’ll take every precaution needed, but hopefully this is a short-term thing. He’s been so important to us.”
Buchholz on target
After throwing a 30-pitch session Wednesday before the Red Sox faced the Orioles, Clay Buchholz is set to make his second rehab start Friday with Triple A Pawtucket.
The Sox righthander, who has been on the 60-day disabled list since June 18 (retroactive to June 9) with a strained neck, threw 15 pitches in the bullpen and 15 to hitters, “to face some hitters just to get more repetition to seeing a guy in the box,” said Farrell.
In his first rehab outing, Sunday with the Single A Lowell Spinners, Buchholz threw 38 pitches in two-thirds of an inning. The target this time, Farrell said, is “roughly 50-55 pitches.”
From there, Farrell said, Buchholz will make a third rehab start Wednesday, hopefully throwing in the neighborhood of 75 pitches.
With the Sox soon to bolster the roster with September call-ups, Farrell said he would feel comfortable with Buchholz returning to the Sox having thrown that many pitches, knowing there would be arms in the bullpen to relieve him.
Back in February, when the Red Sox began to outline their plans for the 60th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund, one of the ideas was to establish a permanent display at Fenway to honor the Jimmy Fund.
The idea came to fruition Wednesday when the Sox unveiled a mural in the grandstands along the third-base line, showcasing the charity’s logo, and chronological photos of the franchise’s prominent figures — from Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski to current cocaptains Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Will Middlebrooks, and also building in a Jimmy Fund donation box.
“When you’re going to have as many as 2.5 million to 3 million people come to the ballpark and you have an opportunity to foster the intergenerational conversation that has been going on for decades at Fenway Park, the Jimmy Fund is an important part of that conversation,” said Charles Steinberg, senior adviser to team president Larry Lucchino. “That conversation is fostered when you look at the Green Monster and you see the logo there. If you’re walking along the concourse behind home plate or if you have a standing room ticket and that’s your post, it can’t help but make you think of this connection and the contribution that the Jimmy Fund has made to our society. So having a permanent display elevates the consciousness of the critical role the Jimmy Fund has played and that’s an important part of a Fenway Park conversation and of a New England conversation.”
He’ll be back
Brandon Snyder, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 10 (retroactive to Aug. 8) with right elbow ulnar neuritis, began a rehab assignment Wednesday in Pawtucket. Asked if Snyder would be among the players called up Sept. 1, Farrell said, “Sooner rather than later.” . . . By Farrell’s own admission, the numbers that Saltalamacchia has put up have exceeded expectations. He is hitting .273 with 11 homers and 52 RBIs. His 11.2 extra-base-hit percentage is second on the team to David Ortiz and he leads the club with 35 doubles . . . As for the roles Farrell would like to fill with his September call-ups, he acknowledged that a third catcher and a righthanded reliever are on the checklist, as well as newly acquired outfielder Quintin Berry, who was brought in specifically for his speed and his potential to be a threat as a pinch runner. “There will be some that get here as soon as we expand,” Farrell said. “I don’t know that we have a fixed number, but we’re probably in that eight or nine range.”
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