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Lowell sick; Ellsbury sore

Posted by Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Globe Staff  September 12, 2007 04:38 PM

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Red Sox manager Terry Francona had to make some adjustments to his lineup for the third and final game of the series against the Devil Rays Wednesday night.


Francona said third baseman Mike Lowell was out because of illness, possibly food poisoning, so Kevin Youkilis moved into his spot and Eric Hinske was installed at first base. With Ellsbury out because of an ailing wrist, Brandon Moss was called on to play left field.


With a scheduled day off on Thursday and the Yankees in town for a critical three-game set beginning Friday, Francona said it was better safe than sorry.

``He doesn't know if was something he ate but he's got activity from both ends,'' said the manager. ``He's not feeling too well. He texted me early this morning and kind of said, `Hey, this is what's going on.' You know Mike, he wants to try to get in there but that, to me, makes no sense. I know he's a great player but we have a day off tomorrow. If he plays today and then goes back three days, that doesn't make a lot of sense. Let the trainers work on him, maybe he gets an IV, whatever they deem appropriate. Let him get it out of his system and be okay Friday.''


As for Ellsbury, he has had right wrist problems in the past and aggravated it when he attempted a leaping catch on Tampa Bay's DH Greg Norton Monday night during the top of the fifth inning which he struck the left-field scoreboard. Norton wound up with a double and was the only one to score in the Devil Rays' 1-0 victory.

``He banged his wrist against the wall,'' said Francona. ``It's the same wrist that a couple of years ago he had some problems that lingered so we don't want it to linger. I talked to him after the game last night for a little while and just kind of talked through it. I think he felt a little more at peace. Again, a day off tomorrow, let the medical staff work on him today and not let it turn into something it shouldn't.''

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