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Wed, 09/02/2009 - 7:56pm  

Wakefield: 'We're running out of time'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --  Speaking to reporters prior the Red Sox' game with the Rays Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield said that the execution of a scheduled side session Thursday will determine quite a bit in regard to whether or not he will be able to contribute at any point this season. Wakefield said his back had been feeling better since receiving a cortisone shot Monday and is improving each day. "It's a matter of testing it out," said Wakefield, who played catch from 120 feet at Tropicana Field, Wednesday. "It's time to push the envelope. We're running out of time. Push it as hard as I can go and see what happens." Wakefield said that the pain in his  back has subsided after receiving the shot, but the nerve issues with his calf remain a problem. Wakefield told the Providence Journal that if Thursday's side session doesn't go well than he could opt for immediate surgery to deal with the bone fragment in his back, which would put him out of action for 2-3 weeks but allow for baseball activities to resume in approximately four weeks. If things do go well in the side session, Wakefield believes a start Saturday in Chicago isn't out of the question.




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