John Farrell on Salk & Holley: Jacoby Ellsbury expected in lineup tonight
|09.25.13 at 2:35 pm ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell said in his weekly interview on WEEI’s Salk & Holley show that, while the team will check in with Jacoby Ellsbury one more time before making out its lineup, the outfielder appears set to enter his first game since Sept. 5 after missing nearly three weeks due to a non-displaced fracture of the navicular bone in his right foot, suffered when he fouled a ball off of the appendage on Aug. 28.
“Everything points to that being yes,” Farrell said of whether Ellsbury would play on Wednesday in the finale of a two-game series against the Rockies. “Everything points to him starting in center field tonight.”
Farrell said that the Sox would like Ellsbury to get roughly three at-bats while staying on the field for about five innings. In 131 games this year, the 30-year-old is hitting .299/.355/.424 with eight homers and 52 stolen bases (still the most in the American League).
— Farrell declined to specify who his Game 1 postseason starter will be. Part of that reflected the fact that the team is still working on the final shape of its overall roster for the first round, something that will be determined based both on the Sox’ own roster as well as their playoff opponent.
“We’ve got decisions yet to be made on the final couple of spots on the postseason roster,” said Farrell. “We can’t fully define that postseason roster until more information has been gathered.”
— Farrell acknowledged that the team has not featured “an exact seventh-inning guy or an exact eighth-inning guy” in the path to closer Koji Uehara. He suggested that the team has employed and will continue to employ a match-up based approach to those innings between the starter and closer. He cited Craig Breslow as having been, like Uehara, “extremely consistent” en route to a 1.91 ERA. Junichi Tazawa, said Farrell, will also be part of the match-up based mix. He described left-hander Franklin Morales, who has a 2.00 ERA in nine appearances dating to Aug. 30, as a pitcher “who will likely take on added responsibility,” while noting that the team hopes to get Brandon Workman additional appearances in Baltimore to eliminate any lingering rust after he went a week without pitching from Sept. 17 until his three-run yield on Tuesday.
— Farrell said that he has discussed with Stephen Drew the possibility that Xander Bogaerts will pinch-hit for him against left-handers late in games going forward. The manager suggested that the remaining four games of the season would afford opportunities to give Bogaerts experience in that role.
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