NEW YORK -- The Red Sox played Friday night's game without invaluable leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury, who was experiencing some pain in the right foot that he fouled a ball off of on the last homestand.
"Last night in that final stolen base, he aggravated that right foot," said manager John Farrell. "Throughout the night, he had increased pain, some throbbing. It was there again today. So he's off his feet. He'll get treatment throughout the course of the game tonight."
Farrell said that Ellsbury would "hopefully" be in Saturday's lineup.
Shane Victorino took over center field and the leadoff spot in Ellsbury's absence. Jonny Gomes batted second and played left. Daniel Nava started in right.
The Red Sox are confident there is nothing significantly wrong with Ellsbury. Farrell said no follow-up X-rays or MRI's were taken.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia was also out of the lineup for a fourth straight game with back stiffness, and he could return by Saturday afternoon.
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