BOSTON -- After playing in eight straight games upon his return from the disabled list, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was out of Boston's lineup on Saturday night.
However, there were no setbacks and no reason he couldn't appear in the late innings of the game should manager Bobby Valentine need him.
"It's kind of a planned day," Valentine said of Ellsbury, who is hitting .279 with no homers and three RBIs since being activated.
Daniel Nava led off in Ellsbury's place and started his first career game in right field.
"He's a good player and he's played great defense all year," Valentine said of Nava. "He said he's played there before, worked out today early at 3 p.m. See the ball, catch the ball, throw the ball, I think he can do those things."
Shortstop Mike Aviles was also out of the lineup, as Pedro Ciriaco got the start and batted ninth.
"Mike hit the base yesterday and had a little bit of turf toe," said Valentine. "Those things can really get worse, so he's off his feet today for most of the day."