CLEVELAND -- Jonathan Papelbon will not be available to close at least the first three games of the Cleveland Indians series after being placed on the bereavement list to deal with what the Boston Red Sox called an emergency family issue.
No other details were furnished by the club.
With Papelbon, who is 1-3 with 13 saves, gone, Daniel Bard was expected to assume closing duties. Since May 1, Bard has allowed just one earned run in 15 1/3 innings, a 0.59 ERA, while striking out 14 and walking 6.
Right-handed pitcher Boof Bonser, who had completed a 30-day rehab stint in Pawtucket, was activated for Monday's game, but with Papelbon on the bereavement list, no other corresponding roster move was necessary.
In other Boston injury news, Jacoby Ellsbury may soon receive another independent checkup at the prompting of agent Scott Boras, manager Terry Francona said, adding that he thought it was a good idea. He is out with fractured ribs.
Center fielder Mike Cameron was given the day off Monday, Francona said, noting that he had gone the distance in Sunday's 11-inning game and the Red Sox thought it wise to hold him out.
Manny Delcarmen's back remained a little stiff, Francona said. He did not pitch on Monday.
Gordon Edes covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.