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Red Sox notes: Jose Iglesias day-to-day after suffering arm injury

04.06.13 at 2:42 am ET
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Jose Iglesias

TORONTO – The extent of the injury which Jose Iglesias suffered in the second inning of the Red Sox’ 6-4 win over the Blue Jays Friday night had yet to be determined after the game, according to Sox manager John Farrell. Iglesias was forced to leave the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a 93 mph Josh Johnson fastball two innings before.

“He got hit in the right forearm there,” Farrell explained. “He tightened up the next couple of innings. We’ll check him in the morning when he comes in.”

Iglesias stayed in the game at the time of the injury, eventually making a standout defensive play in the third inning.

The shortstop managed to go deep in the hole between third base and shortstop to reel in Melky Cabrera’s grounder, proceeding to fire off a throw to second for a force out.

The next half inning, however, saw Pedro Ciriaco pinch-hit for Iglesias. Ciriaco would single in that at-bat, and then double his next trip to the plate.

“It was more about when he raised his arm up over his shoulder,” Farrell said regarding the specifics of the shortstop’s injury. “The throw that he made was a heck of a play to begin with. You could see some of the throws in between innings starting to lose the carry to his throw. Precautionary. Just got him out there.”

- In other shortstop news, Stephen Drew continued his rehab assignment with Double-A Portland by playing in seven innings during the Sea Dogs’ 7-4 win over Trenton.

Drew, who is recovering from a concussion, went 1-for-3 with a double. If there are no setbacks, he would be expected to join the Red Sox either Monday or Wednesday.

- The Red Sox managed their first two home runs of the season, Friday night, with both Mike Napoli and Will Middlebrooks going deep.

“It always feels good to hit a homer,” Napoli said. “I haven’t been feeling too good at the plate. My timing’s been off a little bit. But I’m working every day with it and feeling better and better every at-bat. Just going from there and doing what I can.”

- Reliever Koji Uehara continued to impress, coming on in the seventh after Felix Doubront allowed a leadoff double to J.P. Arencibia. Uehara proceeded to strike out Rajai Davis and Colby Rasmus before inducing an inning-ending fly ball off the bat of Adam Lind.

For his career, Uehara has now allowed just nine of his 57 inherited runners to score. He has also needed just 14 pitches to retire all six of his batters this season.

“He’s got such positive energy. He’s an upbeat guy,” Farrell said. “Not just because he’s here with us. I was just talking with guys that have played with him the past, that’s very normal for him. He gives us a lift. Particularly when he comes in and you get a man at second base with nobody out and he puts up a zero. Key moment in the game.”

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