Before Tuesday night's Sox-Oakland game at Fenway, Sox manager Terry Francona touched on the ongoing controversy surrounding the recent comments made by righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka.
"We've had a lot of meetings," Francona said. "Since he's been on the DL the second time, we opened the lines of communication even better. ... I'd thought we made huge strides in some of his frustrations.
Francona said "we're very disappointed" that private conversation became public, but he thought everyone was on board.
"I think some things were said out of frustration," added the manager. "That was poor judgment on his part.
"We want to take care of his present and his future," said Francona, who said the Sox were happy to let him throw as much as he wants, "so long as his shoulder can handle it."
In other Sox news, Francona said they were going to give catcher Jason Varitek the night off.
"With two lefties coming up, we'd like to have him available," Francona said. "He's banged up ... you get banged up.
"We never take Tek for granted. We take for granted that he'll be beat up."
Francona also commented on the newest acquisition, outfielder Brian Anderson: "He's very athletic, defensively, [he's] very gifted. He gives us certainly some insurance in the outfield -- especially defensively,"
Francona also said the Sox will probably sit David Ortiz Wednesday, and also discussed how Tuesday's starter Clay Buchholz is holding up after hearing his name pop up in trade rumors.
"Clay's been hearing his name for a long time," Francona said. "I hope that doesn't get in the way of him pitching well."
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