Wrist keeps Ellsbury out; Ciriaco starts in LF

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Wrist keeps Ellsbury out; Ciriaco starts in LF

OAKLAND -- Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the lineup Sunday in the Red Sox' series finale in Oakland, resting a sore right wrist that been "barking at him a little''for the last few days, according to manager Bobby Valentine.

"When we set off on the road trip, the training staff was hoping that one of these days would work,'' said Valentine. "It is a day game. We'll see if we can't get it to feel a little better.''

With Ellsbury out, Valentine shifted Scott Podsednik over from left field to center and had Pedro Ciriaco in left.

Ciriaco is being pressed into duty because the Sox find themselves short of outfield options.

Asked how comfortable he was with Ciriaco, an infielder by trade, playing the outfield, Valentine said: "Not very. But he's caught some pop-ups at third; they're just a little further out there in left.''

Ciriaco played the outfield center for a day in spring training.

Ryan Kalish has been unavailable for a few days because of recurring shoulder soreness. Kalish underwent shoulder surgery last off-season.

"His shoulder's been keeping him from swinging in a game,'' said Valentine. "It felt a little better Saturday, but he still had treatment after batting practice. He's not really a game-ready guy.''

The Sox don't have many other options in the minors, either. Che-Hsuan Lin is on the 40-man roster, but because he was up for a day on an emergency basis last weekend when the team was short of players in the aftermath of the trade with the Dodgers, then optioned back, he can't return until 10 days have passed.

Meanwhile, infielder Ivan DeJesus was on his way to Oakland and was expected to arrive shortly before the game Sunday.

Valentine said DeJesus, part of the deal with the Dodgers last weekend, can play second and short and, likely, third base.

DeJesus is insurance since Dustin Pedroia's wife is pregnant and could go into labor at any time.

DeJesus gives us protection on the West Coast,'' said Valentine.

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Report: Red Sox DH target Beltran agrees to 1-year deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.

FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal. 

Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016. 

The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.

More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.