FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell explained the timeline of the problem with Junichi Tazawa's elbow that ultimately led him to be examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Monday.
"He's been dealing with some discomfort, some tightness, in the second half of last year," Farrell explained. "He went through a normal offseason, didn't have any issues, came into spring training, went through every outlined throwing session that we had and there were varying degrees of tightness or discomfort at different points this spring. And then in games his velocity was not quite where it was in the past and his breaking stuff was not as sharp. And even in his last bullpen he felt there was a little bit of tightness. I wouldn't say it was further, or getting worse, but precautionary we wanted to send him to see Andrews and get that evaluation."
The Red Sox hadn't heard any reports...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox pitcher Junichi Tazawa is in Birmingham, Ala. visiting with Dr. James Andrews regarding his right elbow. There were no further details released by the team at this time. Tazawa last pitched March 22 against Tampa Bay when he allowed four runs on four hits over one inning. The 23-year-old had appeared in five games this spring, giving up eight runs on 10 hits over seven innings.
Tazawa had impressed the Red Sox early on in camp after showing a remarkable amount of poise when called up to the big league club last August. The righty pitcher, who came to the Sox from a Japanese industrial league team, appeared in six games with the Red Sox in '09, making four starts and finishing with a 2-3 mark and a 7.46 ERA. His first major league outing came on Aug. 7 when was called upon to pitch the 14th inning against New York at Yankee Stadium.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brandon Moss, the outfielder who was included in 2008 trade deadline deal that sent Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers and Jason Bay to Boston, was designated for assignment by the Pirates Monday. Moss had gone 3-for-37 with Pittsburgh this spring after a '09 in which he lost his starting job and finished with a .236 batting average. The 26-year-old said recently that his greatest moment as a professional baseball player came when he received his 2007 World Series ring, with a close second being his game-tying homer which led the Sox to an extra-inning win over the A's on Opening Day in '08 in Tokyo.
Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington told WEEI.com's Alex Speier recently that in hindsight there may have been a better deal on the table than the one he took from Boston in the Bay trade....
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Red Sox sent four players to minor league camp on Monday. The team optioned catcher Dusty Brown and infielder Kevin Frandsen to Triple-A Pawtucket, while reassigning non-roster invitees Gustavo Molina and Jorge Jimenez to minor league camp. The moves leave the Sox with 35 players remaining in big league camp.
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox infielder Mike Lowell, who will start at third base against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, said that he is unsure whether the team will decide that he is better off starting the year on the disabled list or on the roster. He suggested that the decision will be the organization's, noting that it might simplify the team's decision because, as a bench player, he is unlikely to receive significant playing time whether he is on the active roster or not.
"I honestly have no idea [about starting the year on the disabled list]. I don’t know what they feel is adequate or not. It’s the organization’s call, not mine,” Lowell said. “To go to Boston to not play? Same thing, right? If I go it’s not like I’m going to play right away and if I don’t go it’s not like I’m not going to play right away. I’m not playing either way, so it’s all up to...
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