BOSTON -- Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hit streak to 11 games with two hits in Monday night's 9-5 win over the Angels, but the leadoff hitter's status for Tuesday's game is now in question.
Ellsbury was replaced in center field in the top of the eighth inning by Darnell McDonald after leaving with a left knee bruise.
Manager Terry Francona said Ellsbury was injured when crossing home plate following a bases-clearing double by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh. With Dustin Pedroia running close behind him, Ellsbury chose not to slide into home and instead stepped on the plate before bumping into Angels' catcher Jeff Mathis.
"[Ellsbury's] a little sore," Francona said. "He banged the inside of his [left] knee. He's real stable and everything, he just has kind of a bruise on the inside of his knee."
Ellsbury was 2-for-4 with three runs, a double and two stolen bases before leaving and is batting .383 during his hit streak. Francona said Ellsbury's status for Tuesday is uncertain.
"We'll see with a bruise like that how he wakes up," Francona said.
Beckett to start Wednesday on six days' rest
BOSTON -- Josh Beckett will start on Wednesday, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced, saying the right-hander's health is fine after a 25-pitch side session at Fenway Park on Monday.
Francona filled in the blanks for the rest of the rotation after two days of keeping mum, announcing that John Lackey will go on Thursday and Daisuke Matsuzaka on Friday.
"We leaned on Beckett pretty hard there a couple games and we don't have days off coming up," Francona said. "So, not just because of the way he's pitching, because he's pitching great, just wanted to try to get everybody situated where they all feel as good about themselves as they can physically. Just to give him that day I think was important."
Beckett will be on six days' rest.
Francona watched Beckett's afternoon side session along with pitching coach Curt Young, saying he "just wanted to see" because he has watched Beckett a lot longer than Francona has. While neither Young nor Francona has said that Beckett was bothered by anything physically, the evidence is there that Beckett was feeling, at least, overtaxed.
Beckett threw 125 pitches against the Angels on April 21, an eight-inning performance and the third of three straight strong starts. His pitch count was scaled back for his next start, and he ended up throwing 92 in a six-inning, four-run outing in Baltimore on Wednesday. He wasn't as effective, taking the loss.
"Besides the one inning where we had the ball drop, he only gave up a couple hits," Francona said of the start against the O's. "We keep an eye on the workload, and it's not just the starters, it's the relievers. Again, we talk about health and production going hand in hand all the time. But, no, I thought he did pretty well.
"That game in Anaheim, pitch counts are pitch counts. There's a reason we probably watch that stuff. Just want to make sure we monitor that workload so he can go out and be Beckett."
As for Matsuzaka, the right-hander told Francona he's fine after exiting his start Friday with elbow tightness. He'll be on six days' rest as well.
"We were trying to buy him a couple days," Francona said. "He says he doesn't need it, I think when somebody comes out like that, we'd like to make sure they're OK."
The realigned rotation puts a day between Matsuzaka and Beckett's starts, which could impact Jason Varitek. He's more likely to catch both than Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
The Red Sox, still early in a stretch of 16 straight games, don't have an off-day until May 12.
Tim Wakefield will need two or three days' rest, Francona said, before he's available again in relief. Wakefield threw 76 pitches Sunday in a spot start for Clay Buchholz, who was pushed to Monday because of a stomach ailment.
Youkilis in lineup after sitting out Sunday
BOSTON -- Kevin Youkilis returned to the Red Sox's lineup on Monday, his answers regarding his sore left hip sufficient enough to satisfy some questioning from manager Terry Francona.
"[It's feeling] pretty good," Francona said. "Grilled him a little bit, see if he needed an extra day, and he doesn't think he does and the trainers don't and the doctors don't. But we'll keep an eye on him."
Youkilis batted cleanup against Angels ace Jered Weaver, whom he was 6-for-23 against with a pair of homers. Youkilis was a .307 lifetime hitter against Los Angeles entering Monday.
The third baseman has had a peculiar start to the season. He has five home runs and a .392 on-base percentage, but his average is just .218 and he's struck out 26 times in 78 at-bats.
Varitek, Francona weigh in on bin Laden
BOSTON -- Red Sox captain Jason Varitek woke up around 1:30 a.m. ET on Monday to use the restroom, and had fallen asleep with the TV on. The news he discovered was welcome.
"He did a lot of destruction to this country and our people," Varitek said of Osama bin Laden, whom the United States brought to justice on Sunday. "He caused a lot, a lot of heartache."
The Red Sox honored the memory of the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, before Monday's game with a moment of silence. The American flag blanketed the Green Monster before first pitch, and other patriotic moments were planned during the game.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona stayed up Sunday night to watch President Barack Obama's announcement that bin Laden had been killed. Francona started a ticket program in 2009 through which he purchases tickets and food vouchers for active military members and veterans, and in '10, he served as honorary co-chair for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
As concerned about the armed forces as Francona is, he said Sunday's news impacted all.
"I don't know if you have to come across those guys for it to hit home," Francona said. "I think everybody's got a reason for it to hit home. Whether it's family, friends or just being a citizen of the United States, it kind of hits everybody I'm sure."
Albers effective in multiple-inning outing
BOSTON -- Matt Albers has been the most effective offseason addition to the Red Sox's bullpen. Not Bobby Jenks (9.35 ERA), nor Dan Wheeler (8.31).
Yes, the right-handed Albers was sidelined for two weeks because of a strained right lat, but that move was made more out of the team's necessity than the severity of the injury. He also isn't being used -- or paid -- as much as Jenks is. And still, Albers six appearances have all been effective. He's allowed one run in eight innings with six strikeouts and four walks.
The last two times out, including Sunday's 3-2 win, the 28-year-old Texan has gone two innings. He was perfect on Sunday, and a lesser performance may have taken away Boston's chance to win a game that was tied at 2 until there were two out in the bottom of the ninth inning.
"He can get early contact with that two-seamer, and he's not throwing 40 pitches where he's taxing himself," manager Terry Francona said. "He comes out of an inning, he's got 13, 14 pitches and he's getting them out, so he can go back out. When you're down a run or two, it's great to be able to send a guy out for the second inning, not use somebody else."
Albers wasn't supposed to pitch unless the game was likely headed to extra frames. It was Jenks who was supposed to pitch two frames and record four outs originally, but that fell apart quickly.
"The reason we brought [Jenks] in when we did is we wanted to get an inning and a third out of him," Francona said. "I actually wanted to keep Albers behind [closer Jonathan Papelbon], in case we had a tie game. Couldn't do that because of the way the inning went with Bobby."
When Jenks was called on in relief of starter Tim Wakefield, there was a runner on and two down in the sixth. Instead of getting out of that inning and pitching through the seventh, Jenks faced five hitters and threw 28 pitches before retiring the side. Francona on Monday seemed to understand how it could appear he didn't show a quick hook, but there was reasoning behind it.
"We needed him to get out of that inning," Francona said. "[Michael Saunders, who made the final out of the sixth] was certainly going to be [Jenks'] last hitter, but we needed him to get out of that inning. Some days it's really not as hard as it looks -- it might be uncomfortable -- but it's not as hard as it looks because we need to keep some guys in that bullpen."
The Red Sox are in their fourth game of an 11-day stretch at Fenway Park, the longest homestand of the season. They're hitting .266 at home compared to .224 on the road. Boston has yet to win a game when trailing after six innings (0-12). Wakefield now has at least one start for Boston in each of the last 17 seasons beginning in 1995. Only eight other pitchers have made one or more start in at least 17 seasons for the same team, and Francona said the 44-year-old pitcher could certainly be used in the rotation again this season. "I think that's part of what we have Wake down there for," the manager said. "He gives us kind of a unique ability to throw a guy in a start, and I'm sure he probably will be making starts at some point depending on what's going on."
Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. Jason Mastrodonato is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.