Thursday, September 19, 2013
Notes: Victorino out to rest jammed thumb
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- An unpleasant flashback ... or was it?
During John Farrell's pregame media session, which is conducted in a room just above the Sox clubhouse, David Ortiz opened the door and barged into the session.
"The scorekeeper here is full of [expletive]," Ortiz said.
Before jaws could drop too far, Ortiz followed up.
"Just [messing] with you," he said.
Ortiz, you may recall, once interrupted a similar session of Terry Francona's to complain about an RBI denied him by a scorer's decision in 2011.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Globe reporter Pete Abraham asked Farrell, with 10 being most worried, how concerned was Farrell that Ortiz was on the level?
"A '1,'" Farrell said.
A few other tidbits from Farrell's session:
* Shane Victorino, who was lifted for pinch-hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. on Wednesday night, is being given the night off Thursday to rest his jammed right thumb.
* No baseball activity yet for Jacoby Ellsbury, but no surprise there.
* Rotation for the weekend series against the Blue Jays: Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront. Jake Peavy will start Tuesday. Farrell said Wednesday's starter is to be determined.
* Farrell said "we'll see" when asked if Koji Uehara, who has pitched in each of the last two games, could pitch Thursday night. Farrell noted that the Sox have used Uehara only once this season in three straight games.
That was June 26-28, when Uehara pitched a scoreless inning apiece against the Rockies, then back-to-back games against the Jays, registering saves in all three games and striking out two in each game. He threw a total of 44 pitches in the three games. He has thrown a dozen pitches in each of the last two nights against the Orioles.
* Farrell said that it's possible he would hit for Stephen Drew in the postseason against left-handers. He'll have that discussion beforehand with Drew, Farrell said, if he elects to go in that direction. Farrell allowed Drew to face lefty T.J. McFarland in the 11th inning Wednesday and he hit into an inning-ending double play. He's batting .183 against lefties, and after hitting .304 overall in August, he's cooled off this month (.226, 12 for 53).