SEATTLE -- Already dealing with the temporary unavailability of their backup center fielder, Shane Victorino, still nursing a hamstring pull, the Red Sox Monday were also without their starting
center fielder, too.
Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup as the team opened a four-game series against the Seattle Mariners, forcing Daniel Nava to center in spacious Safeco Field.
Until Monday night, Nava had never played center field in the big leagues and, in fact, had played only 13 innings there in the minor leagues.
Manager John Farrell said Ellsbury felt some discomfort in his left wrist in his next-to-last at-bat Sunday night in Anaheim.
"He felt some irritation,'' Farrell said. "He was able get through (Sunday) night, but was pretty sure afterwards. He reported (Monday) with similar feelings, so rather than risk anything further, we'll giving him a day out to receive treatment.''
Farrell said Ellsbury had "somewhat of an awkward swing,'' on a change-up. Farrell said there were no plans for Ellsbury to undergo further tests or X-rays.
"We're hopeful that this is something that will respond to treatment,'' he said.
Victorino is still dealing with hamstring soreness, which he re-aggravated Saturday night. He's improving and Farrell said he could be used in an emergency Monday night.
Infielder Brandon Snyder was also an option, having played some left field in the big leagues.
Clay Buchholz threw from a distance of 120 feet Sunday, with light work scheduled for Monday.
The plan calls for Buchholz to again throw from 120 feet Tuesday, with an eye toward a bullpen session Wednesday.
The hope is for another bullpen to follow Friday, with a rehab start set in the minors for Sunday.