OAKLAND -- Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the Red Sox lineup to protect a sore right wrist and Ryan Kalish has been unable to hit because of two sore shoulders, leaving manager Bobby Valentine to put infielder Pedro Ciriaco in left field on Sunday.
When Valentine was asked how comfortable he was with Ciriaco out there, he said, “Not very. He’s caught some popups at third. They are just a little further out there in left field.”
The Red Sox were stuck because the only outfielder on 40-man roster at Triple-A is Che-Hsuan Lin, and he can’t be recalled for a few more days because he was just optioned last Sunday and must stay down for 10 days.
Valentine didn’t seem to feel it was a pressing need because Ellsbury can still play. He has played with a sore right wrist for a week, the manager said.
“His wrist has been barking on him a little,” Valentine said. “When we set off on the road trip, the training room was hoping one of these days would work (for an off day). We’ll see if we can’t get him feeling a little bit better.”
Kalish has been bothered by two sore shoulders. Valentine said he took batting practice on Saturday and needed more treatment afterward.
“He’s not really a game-ready guy,” Valentine said.