Worth noting

• Shane Victorino (right hamstring strain) was scratched from Pawtucket's game Thursday with "overall stiffness," according to Farrell. The outfielder will sit again on Friday and hopes to return to the PawSox's lineup Saturday.

Despite the setback, Farrell still believes Victorino could rejoin the Red Sox during their upcoming series in Seattle.

• Will Middlebrooks had a scheduled day off Thursday in his Triple-A rehab assignment, as he continues to recover from a fractured right index finger.

• Farrell gave David Ortiz a routine day off on Thursday. He has started 67 of Boston's 73 games this season.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.