Speaking before Friday's game against the Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox reliever Matt Albers said the injury to his right lat -- which led to the pitcher going on the 15-day disabled list -- "pretty much came out of nowhere." Albers explained that he didn't feel the tightness in the muscle until he was warming up for his relief outing Tuesday, with the ailment getting worse the next morning.
"When I was warming up it sort of grabbed a little bit," he said. "The next day it was sore and a little weak. I don't think it's super serious, but rest is the only thing you can do right now.
"I didn't know what to expect, if I was going to bounce back really quick, a couple of days or a couple of weeks. the last couple of days it's felt a lot better. It kind of sucks. It's just one of those things where I never dealt with it before."
Albers classifies the trip to the D.L., which included Alfredo Aceves being called up to take his place, was "just precautionary." Other than missing the second half of 2008 due to a labrum injury, Albers has never been on the disabled list in his six major league seasons.
The reliever was impressive in his two outings this season, striking out three and walking two while not allowing a hit or a run in two, one-inning appearances.
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