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Thu, 05/07/2009 - 10:41pm  

Ortiz, Ellsbury hope to return to lineup on Friday; Youkilis likely to stay out

David Ortiz said that he woke up on Thursday with a stiff neck, and that the condition worsened during batting practice.
 
"David's neck got a little stiff during B.P. and then after B.P. it kept getting stiffer," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "He was trying to figure out how he was going to look at the pitcher and it wasn't happening."
 
Nonetheless, by the end of the game, Ortiz said that he was feeling better, and he and Francona both anticipate that he is likely to return to the lineup on Friday.
 
"I think David will be okay," said Francona. "I'm hopeful he can play."
 
Jacoby Ellsbury, who has missed the last two games with tightness in his right hamstring, is also likely to return on Friday. The Sox do not anticipate that Kevin Youkilis will return. The team is opting for a conservative approach for fear that he could worsen his "left side" injury while swinging, and so the first baseman will likely miss his fourth straight game.
 
 




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