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Wed, 05/06/2009 - 3:12pm  

Pre-Game Updates: A Makeshift Lineup, Shortstops, Smoltz and Ortiz

Jacoby Ellsbury is out today due to the right hamstring tightness he experienced after stealing second in the first inning on Tuesday. But he did feel notable improvement today, and the Sox hope that he will be able to return to the leadoff role tomorrow. Manager Terry Francona said that the team will "just try to piece it together" with the lineup in the absence of both Drew and Kevin Youkilis (left side). "We're a little short on bodies," said Francona.

The team is trying to maintain left-right lineup balance, helping to explain the employment of J.D. Drew as the leadoff hitter...

Jed Lowrie is back with the team in Boston. He's been given a rough estimate that it will be from 6-8 weeks following the surgery before he can play. He is wearing a split at all times for his surgically repaired left wrist, even while sleeping. Though he had been in Arizona to this point, he will now stay with the team and work with the trainers for the next week as he continues his rehab following the removal of his ulnar styloid...

David Ortiz "looked obviously better" while in New York, according to Francona. Ortiz reached base seven times in two days against the Yankees...John Smoltz threw for the first time since being shut down to strengthen his right shoulder. He threw from 60 feet at Fenway Park on Wednesday, but the team is resisting the temptation to put any timetables on his progression...Julio Lugo is out of the lineup for the third straight day, but Francona said that he is not being relegated to bench duty. "We're not going to abandon him," said Francona. (Lugo is just 3-for-15 in his career against tonight's Indians starter, Carl Pavano.)




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