Scutaro gets another day off

September, 3, 2011
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BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro has been given the day off for the second consecutive game against the Texas Rangers. Jed Lowrie is starting at short.

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said it’s not due to injury, he just felt it best to give him a couple days of rest.

“Wanted to give him one more day,” explained Francona. “Just to kind of let him take advantage of having Youk back, but we’ll play Marco tomorrow. These two days will really be good for him. I just think it’ll be good for him, he’s a little beat up.

Scutaro dealt with all sorts of upper-body issues last season, but he’s remained relatively healthy this summer. In 88 games he’s hitting .270 with five homers and 33 RBI.

“He always makes himself hold up,” Francona said. “He’ll play, but it’s also our responsibility to try to pick and chose, even when they don’t want to hear it, we just try to keep our guys healthy so they can be more

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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