Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen, after failing to retire any of the five batters he faced in his team's 9-4 loss to the Rays, said that he has been experiencing forearm discomfort for roughly the last week that will be examined by a doctor on Friday, following his team's off-day on Thursday. The period of discomfort that the right-hander identified coincides with a three-outing stretch in which he has retired just three of the 14 batters he's faced, allowing nine runs on nine hits and two walks while being credited with just one inning pitched.
"I think it’s my pronator or flexor mass or something in my forearm. It’s been for like a week," said Delcarmen. "It’s been getting better every day, just having a little trouble getting extension on the ball. I’m going to see how the day off goes and then see how I feel on Friday."
Delcarmen said that he was hoping to avoid a trip to the disabled list. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2003, and said that this injury felt "nowhere near" the early warning signs of the ulnar collateral ligament that he suffered then. He also said that his back -- which had been bothering him in early June -- now feels normal, but that his forearm soreness has been preventing him from pitching effectively.
"It’s been sore for a week. Some days are better than others. I felt like I could throw today, but I couldn’t get the ball in front. We’ll see what happens," said Delcarmen. "I probably shouldn’t take [the ball] at times, but I still feel like I go out there and compete. I was just leaving the ball right there on the plate and I couldn’t throw my offspeed for strikes."
Delcarmen became the first Red Sox pitcher to face at least five batters without recording an out since Hideki Okajima allowed all five Yankees hitters he faced to reach base last Sept. 1. Delcarmen's ERA has more than doubled from 2.23 to 4.59 over his last three appearances.
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