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Wed, 06/10/2009 - 3:17pm  

Sox - Yanks Pregame Notes: Smoltz ready for "full-fledged outing"

Red Sox Manager Terry Francona had the following to say before the Red Sox take the field against the Yankees on Wednesday night:
 

  • Jacoby Ellsbury's injury satus: There is no real update yet. The Red Sox are hoping for a return on Thursday depending on how today goes.
  • John Smoltz: The Red Sox hope that he has a "full-fledged outing." He's already at pitch count and the number of starts they'd need for a call-up. The Sox just want him to compete rather than rehabbing. Francona said that "He's remade himself about 10 times." He's changed arm angles, roles and pitches. Francona went on to say "Taking the combination of stuff, we think he's going to be successful." When the Manager was asked about how the Sox will create rotation spot, he said "these things have a way of working themselves out."
  • Jed Lowrie's health: Having Jed healthy "will be a nice problem to have," but the Sox haven't thought about what happens with Nick Green (and presumably Julio Lugo) when that happens.
  • Jason Bay: He has fit in seamlessly when he came to Boston. Francona said that "he'd fit in anywhere"
  • Jonathan Papelbon: The Sox closer had food poisoning yesterday, and that's why he was sleeping in bullpen. Papelbon almost had to go to hospital due to dehydration.



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