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Ellsbury, Victorino out of the lineup

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  March 27, 2013 10:53 AM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. The Red Sox are without starting outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury (right ankle) and Shane Victorino (right wrist) today.

Both are expected to return to the lineup on Thursday, manager John Farrell said.

Ellsbury and Victorino were injured during Sunday's game against the Phillies in Clearwater. Ellsbury rolled his ankle going back to first base when Cliff Lee threw over to the base. Victorino collided with the wall while making a catch.

The oft-injured Ellsbury said at the time that the injury was not serious and repeated on Monday that he expected to play on Wednesday.

"More precautionary than anything. Just going to give him another day to get over the jammed ankle," Farrell said. "We fully expect him to be back in the lineup [on Thursday]."

Victorino played on Monday against the Orioles. But after Tuesday's day off, he said his wrist was sore. He had an MRI that showed no structural damage.

"He felt some stiffness in that right wrist. Another day. He hit in the cage early this morning but just felt like where we are in spring, don't want to push it as much," Farrell said. "He should be back ready to go for the final three games here."

In other injury news:

David Ortiz (right heel) has progressed to hitting on the field and doing some agility work. He also has been running in a straight line.

"David's making solid progress in terms of increasing the activity," Farrell said. "He's feeling pretty good right now."

Stephen Drew (concussion) is doing everything except playing in a game. He is throwing, running, taking batting practice and fielding grounders. The Sox are hopeful he will play in a minor league game before camp breaks on Saturday.

"Certainly don't want to rule it out," Farrell said. "Based on how he felt this past Sunday, that seemed to be in line. But yet there were some reoccuring minor symptoms and we've got to let those clear up."

Farrell said that Drew sometimes has symptoms at night after working out during the day and it extends into the following day.

Drew and Ortiz will travel with the team to New York. Where they go from there will be determined.

Injured lefthanders Craig Breslow (shoulder) and Franklin Morales (lower back) will stay in extended spring training.

(This post was corrected at 1:10 p.m. after the Red Sox said that Farrell misspoke about which player had the MRI. It was Victorino, not Ellsbury).

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