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04/18/12 7:34 PM ET

Ross bats cleanup; Youk slides down to sixth

BOSTON -- Manager Bobby Valentine did some lineup shuffling for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, sliding the slumping Kevin Youkilis down to the No. 6 spot against Rangers lefty Derek Holland.

Cody Ross was bumped up to the cleanup hole, with David Ortiz hitting fifth.

This is the first time Youkilis has batted lower than fifth in Boston's batting order since July 22, 2008.

"Maybe just a little breather [for Youkilis]," said Valentine. "Maybe just a little something different for him. Maybe he gets that one pitch. We've all been there. A bloop away."

Valentine noted how hard Youkilis has been working in the batting cage with hitting coach Dave Magadan.

"He's working hard as anybody has ever worked trying to find it," Valentine said.

Youkilis, who struck out in all four at-bats Tuesday night, blasted a two-run homer off the light stanchion atop the Green Monster in left-center field in his first at-bat in Wednesday's game.

Upbeat Ellsbury focused on rehab of shoulder

BOSTON -- Five days after suffering a subluxed (partially dislocated) right shoulder, center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury held court with the media.

If you were expecting a downcast Ellsbury, you'd be wrong. If anything, he was optimistic and looking forward to his return to the lineup.

Ellsbury is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks.

"Putting a lot of work in," Ellsbury said. "Right now, we're doing a lot of icing to get the swelling out. Once the swelling subsides, I can start getting exercises, that sort of thing, in the shoulder. As far as the timeline, we don't have one right now."

Did Ellsbury see the replay of Reid Brignac falling on his shoulder?

"I looked at it one time. Once was enough for me," Ellsbury said.

As unfortunate as the injury was, Ellsbury realizes it was unavoidable.

"Playing the game the right way, trying to break up a double play ball," Ellsbury said. "Reid is doing everything he can to make the play. Two guys going hard, playing the game the right way."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.