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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Quiet day at Safeco

By Joe McDonald

SEATTLE -- It’s a quiet day so far at Safeco Field.

The Red Sox and Mariners play the last of a four-game set, with Boston hoping to take the series before heading to Anaheim.

There were only a few updates from Red Sox manager Terry Francona earlier today.

* Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs) continues to rehab in Fort Myers, Fla., and he’s expected to begin playing games either Monday or Tuesday.

He was originally scheduled to play for the Gulf Coast League Red Sox on Monday and Tuesday, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona explained Sunday morning that could change. Ellsbury is going to be retested to make sure he’s healthy enough to play and that examination may not happen until Monday. If that’s the case, he will then play Tuesday and Wednesday.

“He’s actually doing a lot,” Francona said. “If he can handle what he’s doing now, he’s got to be getting pretty healthy.”

If all goes well, Ellsbury will play for Triple-A Pawtucket later in the week.

* With the lack of offense of late, Francona decided to put J.D. Drew into the second spot in the batting order.

* It’s likely the Red Sox will activate catcher Victor Martinez Monday in Anaheim. He’s spending today’s game in the bullpen and will catch the relievers while they warm up.

“I actually think he’s probably going to be ready,” Francona said. “If he comes in and says, ‘I’m hurting,’ we’re not going to do it. All things point to him being ready to go.”

Even though he hasn’t been in the lineup, Martinez’s presence in the dugout and clubhouse has been valuable.

“Good. Energetic. We miss his bat,” Francona said.