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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Victorino (hip), Ellsbury (thumb) dinged up

By Joe McDonald

BOSTON -- Red Sox outfielders Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury both left Sunday’s game with injuries, but manager John Farrell expects both will be able to play in Monday’s holiday matinee against the Detroit Tigers.

Victorino was removed after the sixth inning with a left hip contusion. Victorino suffered the injury in the fourth inning when he slid into first on a comebacker to the pitcher.

Victorino stayed in the game and appeared to be in some discomfort in the top of the fifth after making a nice running catch on the White Sox’s Avisail Garcia, as he kept flexing his left leg after the play. Farrell decided to remove him from the game after Victorino struggled to run out a grounder to third to end the sixth.

Ellsbury was removed in the top of the ninth due to a sore left thumb, according to Farrell.

Farrell said Victorino aggravated an existing injury. He’s also been plagued by a tender left hamstring much of the season.

"He’s got a contusion that he’s dealing with and it begins to effect some of the other areas that he’s been managing for a while,” Farrell said. "We fully expect him to be on the field tomorrow but when he aggravates it, it begins to shut some things down on him and he doesn’t feel the explosiveness, so [to be] precautionary we got him out of there.

"Jacoby had a couple of at-bats where he got jammed, and that bat is kind of banging on that bone inside the thumb. We’re hopeful and expect him to be on the field as well tomorrow so we’ll check them both obviously in the morning.”