BOSTON -- For the fifth consecutive game, manager Bobby Valentine produced a lineup card that did not include Jacoby Ellsbury.
However, the nagging injury that has kept the center fielder out of the mix the last few days seems to be subsiding, and Ellsbury could be back in there as soon as Wednesday night's Fenway finale against the Rays.
"He felt good enough to play, and then the training room thought another day would be best, so he's doing fine," said Valentine.
At the request of Ellsbury, Valentine hasn't publicly disclosed what the injury is. Ellsbury had been bothered by a groin issue in August, so it could be a recurrence of that.
"It's not a big injury," Valentine said. "It's just something we don't want to get any worse -- that's for sure."'
Does Valentine expect to have Ellsbury back for Wednesday's game?
"Well, I'm not going to make out the lineup now, but he's close to playing, yeah," Valentine said.
Che-Hsuan Lin got the start in center on Tuesday, his second career start. Lin also started a game for Boston on May 21 in Baltimore. Known for his defense, Lin made a spectacular catch -- one of the highlight-reel plays of the season for Boston -- on May 23 when he came in as a defensive replacement at Camden Yards.