Jacoby Ellsbury was unable to play in last night’s 11-4 loss to the Mariners, and the Red Sox were crossing their fingers that his absence, like Paul McCartney’s tour stop at Fenway Park, would be limited to one night only.

Ellsbury suffered what manager John Farrell referred to as “irritation” in his left wrist on a swing in his second-to-last at-bat in Sunday’s loss in Anaheim. And although the leadoff-hitting center fielder continued to play through the discomfort, he reported soreness after the game and when he reported to Safeco Field yesterday.

For now, treatment from the training staff will be the only course of action, according to Farrell. But if the soreness persists today, a battery of tests will be ordered. Meanwhile, outfield prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. didn’t play last night for Triple-A Pawtucket, a sign that he may be on the way to join the Red Sox here today.

With neither Ellsbury nor right fielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) available last night, Daniel Nava batted in the leadoff spot and made his first career start in center field and made a sixth-inning throwing error that allowed one run to score. Playing at spacious Safeco, Nava was flanked by left fielder Mike Carp and right fielder Jonny Gomes, neither of whom is known for his defense.

General manager Ben Cherington admitted it was a less-than-ideal scenario. But because the Sox don’t believe Ellsbury or Victorino will be sidelined for more than a few days, it was the best temporary solution.

Farrell said Victorino, who hasn’t played since Saturday, was available last night in an emergency situation. Third baseman Brandon Snyder also has experience in left field.