Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was placed on the disabled list on May 28 for a fractured rib, has yet to resume baseball activities while at Athletes' Performance in Arizona. The 26-year-old is making progress, according to Sox manager Terry Francona, but not to the point where he is ready to rejoin the team.
"When he's able to do baseball activities, he'll come with us," said Francona. "He's going to stay at API until he's ready to do baseball activities, and he's not ready to do that yet. ... He does feel like he's getting better. He'd like to ramp up his activities this week. Hopefully, we'll get a report that he's able to."
The one Red Sox player who could argue he was snubbed instead took time to recognize the accomplishment of his teammates when six Red Sox were voted to the All-Star Game in player balloting released Sunday by MLB.
"I think we're deserving," Kevin Youkilis said. "We have just as many wins as any team in baseball. We have 49 wins and we're tied with the Yankees in wins and that's most in baseball. That speaks for itself. We started out horrible and we had a lot of injuries and we've battled a lot of adversity and we deserve to have a lot of guys on the All-Star team. When you have the most wins in baseball, you deserve to have more All-Stars than none."
Kevin Youkilis was named as one of five American League players eligible to be voted in on a special ballot by fans.
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According to a team source, left-hander Felix Doubront will likely be summoned from Triple-A Pawtucket to start on Tuesday in Tampa Bay against the Rays. He will fill in for right-hander Clay Buchholz, who is sidelined with a left hamstring strain and is likely to go on the disabled list for the duration of the first half.
Doubront made a fill-in start for the Red Sox in June, picking up a win in his big league debut against the Dodgers while allowing five runs (three earned) in five innings. He is 7-2 with a 2.45 ERA in the minors this year, including 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA this year for Triple-A Pawtucket.
Buchholz is 10-4 with a 2.45 ERA for the Sox in his All-Star season. But he was injured while running the bases in San Francisco on June 26, and while the Sox had initially hoped to have him pitch in Tampa Bay on Monday or Tuesday, the team has instead decided to delay his return in order to give him more time to heal....
Six Red Sox were named to the American League All-Star team -- David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Victor Martinez, and Adrian Beltre. Pedroia, Martinez and perhaps Buchholz -- who is missing his next start -- won't be available due to injury.
Lester and Buchholz will be joined in the American League pitching staff by CC Sabathia, Fausto Carmona, David Price, Neftali Feliz, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Matt Thornton, Jose Valverde, Cliff Lee, Trevor Cahill, and Joakim Soria. Along with Ortiz, Pedroia, Martinez and Beltre, the AL reserves will consist of Ty Wigginton, Miguel Cabrera, Torii Hunter, Alex Rodriguez, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler (who is replacing Pedroia on the roster), Jose Bautista, John Buck (replacing Martinez) and Vernon Wells.
Kevin Youkilis has been named one of five players who is part of the fan voting for the 34th member of the American League squad. He is joined by Paul...
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said prior to his team's game Sunday against the Orioles that pitcher Clay Buchholz, who has been coming back from an injury to his left hamstring, won't be making starts either Monday or Tuesday against Tampa Bay. A trip to the 15-day disabled list is possible, with Felix Doubront the most likely candidate to fill in for Buchholz Tuesday. Buchholz is expected to partake in an extended workout Monday in St. Petersburg to test the injury. The pitcher still hasn't thrown off a bullpen since injuring his hamstring in San Francisco June 26. Daisuke Matsuzaka will make the start for the Sox Monday, with Tim Wakefield going Wednesday. For more see the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox.
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