Van Every added to Sox's ailing outfield
Crisp, Drew unavailable to play Wednesday vs. Orioles
BALTIMORE -- With two outfielders ailing and facing the prospect of a short bench at the end of a taxing 10-game road trip, the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday recalled outfielder Jonathan Van Every from Triple-A Pawtucket and started him in center field for the finale of a two-game series at Camden Yards.
Bench coach Brad Mills, who is managing the Red Sox while Tony Francona attends the funeral of his mother-in-law in Arizona, said he decided to start Van Every -- who made his Major League debut after spending eight seasons in the Minors -- in center because that's where he's been playing in Triple-A. Jacoby Ellsbury played right field.
"He's played exclusively center field at Pawtucket this year," Mills explained. "He's an outstanding center fielder and everyone has raved about how he has played center field. Jacoby has played right field a few times this year, so he has more experience out there. To bring Jonathan up and stick him into a position he hasn't played [this year], I don't think is really the smartest thing to do right now."
Van Every, who received an 8 a.m. ET call informing him of the promotion and then hopped a plane from Buffalo to Baltimore, arrived at Camden Yards at 1 p.m.
"It's definitely a good feeling," said Van Every, who was hitting .278 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games with the PawSox.
The Red Sox made room on the 25-man roster for Van Every, 27, by placing right-hander Clay Buchholz on the 15-day disabled list with a broken nail on his right middle finger. The move was made necessary because right fielder J.D. Drew was injured in Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the Orioles. Center fielder Coco Crisp left that game with severe headaches and nausea, forcing first baseman Kevin Youkilis to play right field for the first time in his Major League career.
Drew hyperextended his left wrist trying to snare Freddie Bynum's bloop single with a sliding catch during a four-run third inning. Drew said the joint wasn't as painful as he expected Wednesday morning -- he thinks the injury may have dislodged scar tissue from a broken wrist sustained in 2005 -- but that he would still have to see a doctor when the team returns to Boston after Wednesday's game. Drew will undergo treatment and hopes to be ready to return to play this weekend.
"It definitely is more encouraging today," Drew said Wednesday. "It didn't swell up or feel so bad -- well, some on the outside of the wrist, where the rotation is the thing. ... We'll try to get it to respond well for Friday. Hopefully, whatever [pain] is left over by the weekend, I can play through."
"We anticipated [Drew] being really sore and stiff [Wednesday] morning," said Mills. "But with how he did hyperextend it and how much of the swelling that was in there [Tuesday] night, it was almost a given that he wasn't going to be available [Wednesday]."
Crisp said he felt better Tuesday night after resting in his hotel room and eating something other than crackers, but remained concerned because his headache has continued, even though it wasn't as painful.
"It's like my head's messed up," Crisp said. "My head's not pounding, but it's like a headache. ... I don't feel like I have the flu, I don't feel run down. I'm just a little off."
Mills said the team's athletic training staff would monitor Crisp throughout Wednesday's game in hopes that he might be available in the later innings.
Pete Kerzel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.