BOSTON (CBS) — Both Shane Victorino (hip) and Jacoby Ellsbury (hand), both left Sunday’s game early, but with an early start time on Monday, both outfielders are back in the lineup in their usual spots. Ellsbury will bat leadoff, and Victorino will bat second as the Red Sox kick off a three-game set at Fenway Park against the Tigers, the team with the second-best record in the AL behind the Red Sox.
VIctorino entered Sunday’s game 23-for-53 (.434 batting average, 1.303 OPS) in his last 13 games, but he went 0-for-3 with a walk before leaving after the the sixth inning.
Manager John Farrell said Victorino aggravated his hip injury when he slid into first base in the fourth inning.
“He’s got a contusion he’s dealing with, and it begins to affect some of the other areas that he’s been managing for a while,” Farrell said, adding that he expected the right fielder to be ready to go on Monday. “But when he aggravates it, it begins to kind of shut some things down on him and he doesn’t feel the explosiveness.”
Farrell said Ellsbury has been dealing with a nagging thumb injury, and getting jammed a couple of times on Sunday aggravated the pain enough to take the center fielder out of the game. Ellsbury has hits in six of his last seven games and he stole a base, his MLB-leading 51st of the season, on Sunday.
The Red Sox are catching a break not just with Ellsbury and Victorino, but also because Miguel Cabrera is not in the Tigers’ lineup. The AL leader in batting average and RBIs will miss his third straight game due to an abdomen injury.
The Red Sox lineup for Monday is below, as John Lackey opposes Doug Fister.
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Shane Victorino, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, DH
5. Daniel Nava, LF
6. Mike Napoli, 1B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
8. Stephen Drew, SS
9. Will Middlebrooks, 3B