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.

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

Cardinals pull away late for 7-2 victory over Red Sox

The Cardinals broke open a close game with four runs in the last two innings against Red Sox relief prospect Chandler Shepherd and went on to a 7-2 exhibition victory over Boston yesterday at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Cardinals box score

The loss dropped the Sox to 1-3 for the exhibition season.

Boston had jumped on top, 1-0, on an RBI single by Mitch Moreland in the bottom of the first, but St. Louis countered with two runs in the second and one in the third, all against starter Brian Johnson. It remained 3-1 until the Cards touched Shepherd for two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth. The Red Sox added their final run in the bottom of the ninth when catcher Jordan Procyshen, who spent last season at Single-A Salem, hit a sacrifice fly.

Moreland, Xander Bogaerts and Chris Young each had two hits for the Red Sox. who also got scoreless relief from Teddy Stankiewicz, Noe Ramirez, Robby Scott, Kyle Martin and Brandon Workman. It was Bogaerts' last game before leaving to compete for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Sox host the Yankees on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia taking cues from Tom Brady to extend his career

Dustin Pedroia is no stranger to injuries. That's a big reason why he's no longer a stranger to the sometimes peculiar practices of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

In an interview on WEEI's "Bradfo Show," Pedroia told Rob Bradford that he's been taking cues from the five-time Super Bowl-winning QB to help extend his playing career and make his body healthier and more durable.

“I understand what he does and know what he does. I think it’s awesome,” Pedroia told Bradford. “There’s a reason why he’s successful at his age (39), and he looks better now than he did when he first came to the league. You have to be smarter as you get older and learn different styles -- the way to train and the way you take care of your body to be able to perform and stay on the field. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re playing. He’s definitely got that figured out.”

Pedroia, of course, played the entire 2013 World Series-winning season with a torn ligament in his thumb. He's battled through various other lower body and hand injuries over the past few seasons, as well. But in 2016, he had his best season in recent memory, posting his highest OPS since 2011, as WEEI notes.

Part of that is with his own take on the Brady approach -- which focuses more on pliability and resistance training than extensive, heavy weight lifting -- and a healthier overall lifestyle, something Brady is notoriously infamous for having.

"There’s tons of ways to take care of your body. It’s not just get in the weight room and throw weights around,” Pedroia explained. “As you get older, the human body can’t take the pounding if you’re going in there and power lifting. When you’re younger, you can handle some of that. But as you get older, you got to be smarter. Sometimes less is more -- whether that’s weight or reps or whatever. You’ve just got to be smart. And eating wise, that’s a big part of recovery. If you put the right foods in your body, you’ll heal faster if you’re injured or recover faster. It’s like a car, man. Put bad gas in, bro. It’s not going to be the same as good gas.”

He hopes the approach can, at the very least, keep him moving for quite some time.

“I plan on living until I’m 100," he said. "So we’re not even halfway home."