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The Red Sox did not have Jacoby Ellsbury or Shane Victorino available on Monday night against Seattle and were forced to use a makeshift outfield against the Mariners.
Ellsbury sprained his left wrist during Sunday night’s game against the Angels when he took a swing in the fifth inning. Victorino was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring.
Daniel Nava started in center field for the first time in his career. His professional experience at the position consisted of four games (one start) and 13 innings in the minors.
The oft-injured Ellsbury was not available for comment. Mgr. John Farrell said he is day-to-day and no x-rays are planned.
“He was able to get through [Sunday] night. He was sore afterward and reported today with similar feelings,” Farrell said. “Rather than risk anything, we’ll give him a day out to receive treatment. We’re hopeful this is something that will respond to treatment.”
Victorino came out of Friday night’s game with his injury. He has been dealing with lower back and hamstring injuries for much of the season.
“It’s improving,” he said. “But it’s probably better to wait another day."
Clay Buchholz is scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and Friday in advance of a minor league rehabilitation start on Sunday. The righthander has been out since June 8 with a shoulder injury. … The Red Sox passed infielder Jonathan Diaz through waivers and outrighted him to Pawtucket. Cherington said the expected to need a spot on the 40-man roster and decided to be proactive. … Righthanded reliever Daniel Bard, who has not pitched since May 15, is making progress to returning to the mound with Double A Portland. Bard has struggled to throw strikes all season and has been out with what the team claims is an abdominal strain.