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05/20/2010 - 4:59pm
Beckett discusses 'frustrating' injury

Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett admitted that his current back injury, described by the team as a lower back strain, has been "frustrating" to deal with. The right-hander said that he felt fine during Tuesday's start, when rain fell steadily on Yankee Stadium, until he slipped while landing after throwing a changeup in the fifth inning. 

 

"It’s just frustrating to play in those conditions, especially when you’ve got something like a back injury and one pitch basically costs you two starts," said Beckett. "When your back’s not 100 percent and something like that happens, you put yourself in a lot of danger."

 

Beckett (1-1, 7.29) said that he expected that he would be ready to rejoin the Sox after 15 days on the disabled list. 

 

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05/20/2010 - 4:56pm
Ortiz on Big Show: 'Got to ride with me'

Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was a guest on The Big Show Thursday afternoon and talked about his recent resurgence, the Red Sox offense, Mike Lowell's situation, Hanley Ramirez's maturation and his relationship with the media. When Ortiz was asked about Mike Lowell's recent comments about his playing time, he said, "Well, if I was Mike Lowell, I would have done that a long time ago, because he’s not a guy that is supposed to be on the bench, sitting down, watching the game. Watching Mikey just watching the game is just not comfortable, so whatever Mike is thinking, I think he has the reason and the right to say what he wants to say and what he feels like."

 

Ortiz did not hold back his thoughts on the media and its recent criticism of his performance. "It’s the media that’s the one that thinks they’ve got everything figured out. You’ve got guys sitting down out there that have never...

05/20/2010 - 4:30pm
Scutaro set to go Friday

Red Sox short stop Marco Scutaro will sit out Thursday's game against the Twins at Fenway Park after having a cortisone shot in his elbow after Wednesday nights game. In his afternoon press briefing manager Terry Francona said that Scutaro will probably be ready to go on Friday night in Philadelphia. Angel Sanchez was promoted from Pawtucket and will start, batting ninth against Francisco Liriano.

 

"I think he is doing OK. He was a little tender last night, which happens. That is part of the reason we have Angel [Sanchez] here. He will be ready to go tomorrow and be feeling good about being ready to go, that is the idea. If not we will give him another day but I don't think that will happen," Francona said.

 

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05/20/2010 - 3:29pm
Strong day for Cameron, Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury played left field and went 3-for-4 with a double, infield hit, stolen base and run while fellow rehabbing outfielder Mike Cameron played center and went 1-for-4 with a double, RBI and run for Double-A Portland as the pair continued their rehab assignments. Ellsbury, out since April 11 due to a hairline fracture of four ribs, is expected to play again in Portland on Friday, while Cameron was to be evaluated before determining the next step of his rehab from an abdominal strain. 


05/20/2010 - 3:23pm
Sox promote Doubront to Triple A

The Red Sox promoted left-handed starter Felix Doubront to Triple-A Pawtucket after his strong start at Double-A Portland. The 22-year-old was 4-0 with a 2.51 ERA in eight starts for the Sea Dogs.

 

"We were starting to see the consistency and work that he was putting in start to start: the consistency of the stuff, the delivery. We felt like it was time to challenge him," said Sox farm director Mike Hazen. "With the consistency of his stuff deep into games, he’s really pitching, which is very impressive. We wanted to challenge him at the next level."

 

Doubront is regarded as one of the better Sox starting pitching prospects, and is clearly on the short list of candidates for a call-up should injury create a need for a starter from the Sox' minor league ranks. 

 

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