Aviles dealing with turf toe; Ciriaco starts at short

Aviles dealing with turf toe; Ciriaco starts at short

BOSTON -- Mike Aviles was out of the Red Sox's lineup for the second straight game on Monday as he continues to nurse a turf toe injury.

Instead, Pedro Ciriaco started at shortstop and hit ninth for the second time in as many days. In addition to Sunday, Aviles also missed a game on July 21 against Toronto with turf toe.

"It's not a life-threatening situation, but it sure is an encumbrance and we're just trying to see what we can do to get that feeling out of there," said manager Bobby Valentine. "It's not fun to deal with, and so the less he strains it in the athletic motions of playing the better it can calm down. If it calms down, we'll have 100 percent Mike back."

Aviles is mired in a 1-for-18 slump, his only hit a single that drove in the winning run in the ninth inning to beat Texas, 2-1, last Tuesday. He's available if the Sox need him for Monday's series opener against the Tigers.

"He can play in the game, go in for an emergency, pinch-hit, all those things," Valentine said. "I wouldn't pinch-run him necessarily, but we could if we had to."

Ciriaco has been a productive player since being recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket on July 6. The infielder entered Monday's game hitting .349 with eight RBIs in 18 games.

Ciriaco drove in the winning run in each of the Sox's two wins over the Yankees this weekend, a triple in the ninth inning of Saturday's 8-6 victory and a 10th-inning single in a 3-2 win on Sunday.