Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues

Sox Notes: Ellsbury, Matsuzaka, rotation, minor leagues
September 22, 2012, 4:42 pm
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BOSTON Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game (although he did get into Thursdays game in Tampa Bay). Manager Bobby Valentine did not disclose the injury, but Ellsbury may be out until Tuesday, giving him two days off with Mondays off day.

Oh, gosh, I have no idea, Valentine said when asked if Ellsbury would play Sunday. Probably will be conservative and cautious. But when hes ready to play, love to have him play.

Perhaps if the standings and the Red Sox situation were different, Ellsbury could play?

Im not sure, Valentine said. Its something I think he wants to be cautious with.

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to start the final game of the season, Oct. 3 in New York, skipping his next turn. In 10 starts, he has posted a record of 1-6 with a 7.68 ERA this season.

With two off-days coming up, Monday and Thursday, the Sox rotation will be in some flux. Right-hander Aaron Cook is starting Saturday against the Orioles, with left-hander Felix Doubront starting Sunday. Valentine said Clay Buchholz would get five days of rest while Jon Lester will get six. Right-hander Zach Stewart is scheduled to start Sunday in Baltimore.

The Red Sox announced the minor league awards. Brandon Workman was named the teams minor league pitcher of the year and shortstop Xander Bogaerts has been named offensive player of the year. Jackie Bradley was named the defensive player of the year. Third baseman Garin Cecchini was named base runner of the year. Right-handed pitcher Keivin Heras and outfielder Manuel Margot were named the teams Latin program pitcher and player of the year, respectively.

Daniel Nava was given the Lou Gorman Award. Created in 2011, the awardis given annually to a Red Sox minor league player who has demonstrated dedication and perseverance in overcoming obstacles while working his way to the Major League team.