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TORONTO -- A day after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Josh Johnson, Jose Iglesias was out of the Red Sox's lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays.

Pedro Ciriaco made his first start of the season. Manager John Farrell had planned on giving Ciriaco the start even before Iglesias got hit, but the minor injury made it easier for Farrell to rest the red-hot Iglesias, who is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday.

"Actually he checked out OK this morning," Farrell said. "He went out and threw and felt OK. We had today as a scheduled down day for him. He's available today if the need does arise. It's encouraging that he came back in and pleaded his case to try to get in today's lineup."

Ciriaco did a solid job when he replaced Iglesias during Friday's game, getting two hits, including an RBI single.

"Yeah, given that he's watched the first three-plus games, then he comes in, gets an RBI base hit right off the bench," said Farrell. "He's a very good player -- very athletic, very talented. He's proven that, throughout the course of all last year, whether it was Pawtucket, whether it was here, that he's a reliable guy."

Stephen Drew was slated to play his third rehab game Saturday afternoon for Double-A Portland, but the Sea Dogs' game was postponed due to cold weather. The shortstop was scheduled to play in four Minor League games, so it's unclear if he'll return for the Red Sox in Monday's home opener.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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