BOSTON -- When David Ortiz was asked his definition of a players' manager his reply was concise.
"John Farrell," he said.
Then, Ortiz elaborated on why the Red Sox's clubhouse has been a veritable sea of tranquility this season.
"I don't think there's a guy in this room that doesn't want to play for him," he said. "The way he gets along with all of us, I would love to play for him the rest of my career.
"I know there are situations as a manager that you have to face, that you have to deal with players the way the player doesn't feel comfortable with. But sometimes that's not even up to you. Sometimes it's up to the boss and everybody has somebody from whom you have to follow orders.
"Most of the time I guarantee it's not [Farrell]," Ortiz continued. "Your getting orders from somebody else what they feel he needs to do. But he's been dealing with all of us well."
Ortiz particularly relishes the individual attention Farrell gives to each player.
"I went into his office the other day because he wanted to make sure I was doing OK," the Sox slugger said. "He does that all the time. When he called me in that made me feel good. We had a little chat and I walked out of his office with a smile on my face. The next thing you know, 'Boom, Papi takes off.'
"Those little things make a difference in our careers. He has a good way of keeping things positive. He covers every single territory that we need to have covered. That's why there's been such a huge difference between where we were last year and where we are now. Everybody wants to bust his tail for him because he does it for us."
Victorino, Ellsbury back after exiting Sunday's game
BOSTON -- As far as Red Sox manager John Farrell is concerned, anything short of a fractured leg won't prevent any of his players from taking the field.
The latest examples are Shane Victorino, who left in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the White Sox with a hip contusion and Jacoby Ellsbury, who left in the top of the ninth when he aggravated a left thumb injury. In Monday's 3-0 loss to the Tigers, Victorino went 1-for-3 and made a nice running catch, while Ellsbury went 0-for-3 and made a spectacular diving grab.
"Most everyday player is dealing with something," Farrell said. "But they're ready to go [today]. Everyone here recognizes the situation we're in and the need to answer the bell every day.
"I think that probably stems from when their teammate looks them in the eye and asks, 'Are they ready to go today?' I think it's hard to tell your teammate 'No' than it would be maybe me. That's one of the characteristics of this team in that there is accountability to one another in here."
Farrell praises former Sox shortstop Iglesias
BOSTON -- Shortstop Jose Iglesias is doing for Detroit what he did for the Red Sox before the three-way trade that brought pitcher Jake Peavy from the White Sox to Boston: field like a potential Gold Glove candidate and hit much better than he did in the Minor Leagues, especially at Triple-A Pawtucket.
"He's improved their infield defense with his range," Farrell said. "I don't know if any of us even in this organization have ever seen a better defender at the position. I think that's a pretty strong statement for a guy who's in the early stages of what should be a long career.
"He's going to make all the routine plays. He's going to make the well-above average play. For a time particularly this year he was a good offensive player. We didn't necessarily want to trade him. But it seemed to be a good fit for all three teams involved.
"He's an elite defender," Farrell continued. "If you isolate the player itself, you don't find that type of defender coming along very often. He's a good kid. He's confident. He played his butt off for us. You don't necessarily like to trade that away even though we got a good pitcher in return. But we wish him nothing but the best."
In 28 games for Detroit, Iglesias has hit .292 with five RBIs. Entering Monday, he led all American League rookies with an overall .319 average and 30 multi-hit games.
• Clay Buchholz is scheduled to make his third rehab start on Wednesday for Triple-A Pawtucket in Game 1 of the Governors' Cup playoffs. But that may be out of his control since his wife, Lindsay, is scheduled to give birth to the couple's second child Wednesday.
"I think this probably has more to do with Lindsay," Farrell said in an understatement. "She's due on Wednesday. We're flexible enough both here and at Pawtucket that we can adjust by a day without disrupting any of their plans."
• Detroit's one-man wrecking crew, Miguel Cabrera, missed his third consecutive game Monday with a strained abdominal muscle. Even though Cabrera leads the American League in hits (173), RBIs (130) and batting average (.358), he hasn't been overly successful at Fenway Park. Before this series, Cabrera was hitting .260 with three home runs and 11 RBIs in 77 career at-bats.
• Koji Uehara continues to be dominant in his role as Boston's closer -- a role that's been amplified by the loss of Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan to injuries. Uehara's streak of 24 consecutive scoreless innings is the second-longest active run in all of Major League Baseball.
• When Ellsbury stole his 51st base Sunday against the White Sox, it gave him a Major League-leading 92.7 percent success rate. Ellsbury has been successful in all but four stolen-base attempts.
Mike Scandura is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.