Ells, Aviles sit out; Ortiz, Dice-K on mend

July, 21, 2012
7/21/12
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BOSTON -- Pregame notes from Fenway Park before the Red Sox take on the Blue Jays:

• Since returning to the lineup, Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury has played eight consecutive games, and having Saturday off was already in the plans, according to manager Bobby Valentine.

• Red Sox DH David Ortiz said his right Achilles strain is feeling better, but as of Saturday afternoon he hadn't decided if he would travel with the club on its next road trip or stay in Boston and continue to receive his treatment here. "I'm improving a little bit," he said. "Hopefully it's gets better every day and I can get back and play."

• Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is currently on the DL with a trapezuis strain, was able to throw on Saturday afternoon and Valentine said the right-hander is feeling better.

• Red Sox shortstop Mike Aviles was given Saturday off due to a bout of turf toe, which he suffered on Friday. "Those things can really get worse, so he's off his feet today, for most of the day," Valentine said.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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