TORONTO -- Marred with injuries this season, the last thing the Red Sox could afford was for another player to land on the disabled list.
Luckily, after succumbing to a freak ankle cramp in the fourth inning of Tuesday's game against the Rays, first baseman Kevin Youkilis is OK, and started Friday night in Toronto. Youkilis had to be removed from Tuesday's contest, leaving the field limping. He also started Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
"The day off [Thursday] helped a lot," Youkilis said. "I felt good walking, so hopefully when I run and do all that stuff, I'll be fine."
Youkilis over not winning Final Vote
TORONTO -- After a day of dealing with not making the American League All-Star team, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis -- hitting .292 with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs entering Friday's tilt against the Blue Jays -- said he's already over it.
"[Thursday] I was a little disappointed, but you have to move on and go out and play some ball," Youkilis said. "You can't worry about these things. It was out of my hands the whole time, and I'm thankful for all the great fans and all my family and friends that voted.
"They put up a good fight and that's a good thing -- you have to look at the positives."
Youkilis, who was not named to the AL roster initially, had the opportunity to win the Final Vote competition. Along with the Yankees' Nick Swisher -- who won the final spot -- Youkilis was up against the White Sox's Paul Konerko, the Twins' Delmon Young and the Rangers' Michael Young.
Unfortunately for Youkilis and Red Sox fans, the first baseman fell short, finishing runner-up to Swisher, who entered Friday hitting .307 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Youkilis was gracious in the wake of defeat.
"It's good he got in," he said of Swisher. "It's his first time and he's excited and I hope he has fun."
While Youkilis made All-Star appearances in 2008 and '09, Sox manager Terry Francona said he was worthy of a selection this time around.
"I just want all our guys to make it," Francona said. "I think Youk was very deserving. I think the Red Sox did a very good job of promoting him, but somebody has to lose. Unfortunately it was Youk, [but] it doesn't mean in my opinion he's any less deserving -- he's a pretty darn good player."
Despite the strong promotion for Youkilis' All-Star bid, Francona did not cast any votes.
"I didn't know how to," Francona said jokingly. "It doesn't mean I don't like Youk, I'm just not good with that stuff."
Delcarmen feels good after 'pen session
TORONTO -- Reliever Manny Delcarmen threw a 35-pitch bullpen session before the Red Sox's contest against the Blue Jays on Friday night at Rogers Centre.
And for possibly the first time all season, the Red Sox, who have had to cope with an abundance of injuries, were finally treated to some good news -- the session went better than expected.
"He did great," manager Terry Francona said. "[He] threw 35 pitches and [pitching coach] John Farrell was raving. That's a really good step for Manny."
Delcarmen, on the 15-day disabled list since July 1 with a strained right forearm, was also pleased with the session, but most importantly, he threw with no discomfort.
"[The] biggest thing for me was my elbow was fine," Delcarmen said. "I could care less about the forearm, but the big thing was the elbow."
The right-hander said he was only pitching at approximately 90 percent, but is scheduled to throw at full strength in the bullpen Sunday.
Francona is optimistic that Delcarmen -- 2-2 with a 4.59 ERA over 33 1/3 innings -- could return immediately following the All-Star break, which ends July 15.
Victor won't return when break concludes
TORONTO -- Catcher Victor Martinez and infielder Mike Lowell, who are on the 15-day disabled list, did not travel with the club to Toronto for the Red Sox's weekend series against the Blue Jays.
Manager Terry Francona addressed Martinez's situation specifically.
"He has to fly to Anaheim [on Monday for All-Star festivities], so I told him, 'I have no problem with you staying behind a couple days,;" Francona said. "He's got to take his family, and his family was going to come here -- I'm fine with it.
"When he comes back from Anaheim on Wednesday, he'll get a scan on his thumb and try to see the level of recovery where he's at there."
While the club anticipated Martinez, on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb fracture since June 27, to return right after the All-Star break, Francona said that's a bit too optimistic.
"That is not happening," Francona said. "Victor thought maybe if he got rid of the swelling, but he's still pretty sore. I don't think that's probably as realistic as we wanted it to be."
Ellsbury rejoins club to see team doctors
TORONTO -- Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury arrived in Toronto from Tempe, Ariz., at roughly 6:30 p.m. ET to temporarily rejoin the Red Sox as they opened their weekend series with the Jays.
Ellsbury, who has spent the majority of the season on the 15-day disabled list with a left chest contusion, is far from returning to the lineup, but was in Toronto so he could be evaluated by the team's medical staff before the All-Star break.
"He'll spend the next two days with us kind of letting the medical guys assess where he's at," manager Terry Francona said. "This actually isn't the best way to do it, he comes for two days, but because of the All-Star break, we really wanted the medical people to see him before he takes off and does his baseball stuff in Fort Myers, Fla. [on a rehab assignment] -- this was the only way to do it."
The speedy outfielder was hoping to arrive in Toronto with the Red Sox on Thursday, but Francona opted for Ellsbury not to miss his scheduled workout in Arizona.
Red Sox righty Josh Beckett threw 40 pitches before Friday's contest against the Blue Jays. Put on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain May 19, he is scheduled to make his first rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15-day disabled list since June 26 -- left foot fracture) and Jason Varitek (15-day disabled list since July 1 -- right foot fracture) will undergo scans July 16. ... Outfielder Jeremy Hermida (15-day disabled list since June 10 -- fractured ribs) took batting practice Friday and could be back when the All-Star break ends. "We'll see what to do with him," manager Terry Francona said. "I think maybe he's getting closer to maybe going out on a rehab assignment but that's probably still a little quick. He's done a really good job [to get back on track]."
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.