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Red Sox OF Ellsbury out again with tight groin

Groundkeepers pull the tarp over the field before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox after a delay in the start due to predicted severe weather was announced at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Groundkeepers pull the tarp over the field before a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox after a delay in the start due to predicted severe weather was announced at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK – Jacoby Ellsbury remained sidelined with tightness in his left groin last night, keeping the Boston Red Sox center fielder out of the lineup for the entire series against the New York Yankees.

Jackie Bradley Jr. started in Ellsbury’s place again. Ellsbury missed the first two games of the series Friday and Saturday.

Red Sox Manager John Farrell said Ellsbury’s injury had improved but he’s not ready to play yet. After a day off today, the team hopes to have him back tomorrow night for the opener of a three-game series against the AL West-leading Texas Rangers.

Ellsbury stole a club-record five bases Thursday against Philadelphia. He entered yesterday leading the majors with 21 steals to go with his .337 on-base percentage and five triples. He has one home run and 20 RBI.

Farrell also said outfielder Shane Victorino is not running full speed yet and it’s “probably a little premature” to say he will go out on a minor league rehab assignment today or tomorrow.

“There’s no issues when he’s swinging the bat. It’s just the acceleration, and obviously that’s a big part of his game,” Farrell said.

Victorino has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a strained left hamstring and it appears he won’t be ready to be activated when he’s eligible on Wednesday.

“He’s not running at 100 percent yet. The one thing that we’re being cautious with here is that, based on the experience of having him come right back and play successive games and he’s had a couple of setbacks prior to going on the disabled list, we want to be sure that there’s a gradual improvement, which he’s showing,” Farrell said. “So we’re just being, like I said, overly cautious given what’s transpired.”

Victorino has a .343 on-base percentage in 34 games during his first year with the Red Sox after signing a $39 million, three-year contract as a free agent in the offseason. The Flyin’ Hawaiian also has two home runs and 10 RBI.

“There’s been no setbacks. There’s been no re-aggravation of it. It’s just a matter of when he tries to get to that explosiveness, he doesn’t have quite the confidence, and we’re honestly telling him to gradually get into it,” Farrell said.

“What we don’t want to do is turn this into an extended period. If it takes it a couple more days than the June 5 activation date, we’re certainly willing to do whatever it takes to get by that. What we don’t want to do is have that date be a drop dead date where all of a sudden he’s back and then he re-aggravates it.”

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