Notes: Sizemore, Carp, Uehara available Sunday

Notes: Sizemore, Carp, Uehara available Sunday
April 6, 2014, 12:30 pm
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BOSTON -- Grady Sizemore is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's 1:35 p.m. start against the Brewers after Saturday night's extra-inning affair ended after 11:30 p.m. For now, the Red Sox are sticking to the plan of not playing Sizemore in three consecutive games. However, he is available to enter into the game as a defensive replacement or a pinch-hitter.

Sizemore was the team's Opening Day center fielder. Then, after a day off on Tuesday, he played in Wednesday's game against the Orioles. After a day off Thursday, he was back in the lineup for Friday and Saturday against the Brewers.

"Even when we were in Baltimore, the day we gave him off, he was available," Farrell said of Sizemore. "If it's taken out of his hands, it's more a decision on my end. It's nothing physical that says, we need to give this a complete [re-generation] day. He's available."

* Red Sox closer Koji Uehara has pitched in three of Boston's past four games, but looks as strong as ever. He will be available to come out of the bullpen Sunday, according to Farrell, one day after he struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning on 13 pitches.

* Mike Carp had been slated to start at first base on Saturday night but was a late scratch due to lower-back tightness. But after undergoing treatment during the game, he was able to enter as a defensive replacement at first base in the top of the tenth inning.

Farrell said that Carp is still managing his back tightness but is available to play Sunday afternoon.

"He hit some off a tee early," Farrell said. "He was able to get some work done during the game last night and able to get on the field. Like other situations, we're monitoring it, and he's gonna have some management of it, but not to the extent of taking him away from us."