Friday, September 6, 2013
Notes: Ells sits, Salty still out, Buch close
By Gordon Edes
NEW YORK -- Some quick hits from Yankee Stadium prior to the second game of this four-game set between the Red Sox and Yankees:
-- Jacoby Ellsbury, who singled and stole second base in advance of Shane Victorino’s game-winning hit in the 10th inning Thursday night, was experiencing soreness in the right foot he injured several days ago when he fouled a ball off it, manager John Farrell said. Ellsbury underwent treatment and was staying off his feet, Farrell said. No additional X-rays were taken, but Ellsbury sat Friday night, with Shane Victorino playing center field.
-- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who took early hitting Friday and participated in other drills, is sufficiently recovered from his lower back pain to resume playing soon, Farrell said. "Tomorrow is a real possibility," he said.
-- The day after Clay Buchholz made his third and last rehab assignment, Farrell said he has not yet changed the starting rotation to include his undefeated ace. "Clay went to Boston, will join us tomorrow and throw a bullpen here Sunday," Farrell said. "We’re making sure we go through every step physically before making any adjustments."
Farrell said that Buchholz threw with power consistent with the way he was throwing earlier in the season before being shut down with shoulder bursitis. "I spoke to him live this afternoon and he feels good physically," Farrell said. "He had increased command of all of his pitches, and is in a pretty good place from a mental standpoint in addition to being physically sound."
Farrell has suggested that Buchholz could rejoin the rotation Tuesday in Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays, but has held off on making that a definite. Ryan Dempster, whose turn would fall on Tuesday, said he is preparing to make that start and has yet to be told otherwise.
-- Dempster took the "6" subway train and transferred to the "4" for the trip into Yankee Stadium on Friday afternoon. A crew from MLB Productions tagged along. Dempster said he often rides the subway to the ballpark in New York -- he took the "7" train to Flushing when he was with the Marlins and Cubs and had to play the Mets -- and said he has taken the BART from San Francisco to Oakland on occasion. As a Cub, he walked to Wrigley Field from the Lakeview neighborhood in which he lived, and also walks to Fenway.
-- The "Yes" Network, which televises Yankees games, had a great shot of David Ross, Mike Carp and other Sox players howling in laughter when Drew dug up a divot and made a sprawling catch of a foul popup by Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning. What did Ross say to Drew? "Nice route, Magellan," the catcher said.
So, Ross had paid attention in his high school history class? "I crushed high school history," he said.
-- Pedro Martinez was a pregame visitor to the Sox clubhouse, drawing a laugh when he spotted Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy and yelled, "Shaughnessy, you evil maniac." Martinez came in with a shopping bag for David Ortiz and shook hands with everyone in sight, sharing hugs with many of the call-ups he had seen in Pawtucket.