A day after reportedly placing starters Josh Beckett and John Lackey on waivers, the Red Sox have done the same with young hurlers Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester, according to a tweet from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Placing players on waivers is far from indicative that they will be dealt.
Buchholz, 26, leads the American League with a 2.26 earned run average and his 15-5 record has helped him make a serious push for his first Cy Young. Lester, also 26, is 13-8 with a 3.28 earned run average and 166 strikeouts in 163 innings. Cafardo also reports that relievers Daniel Bard and Hideki Okajima were also placed on waivers. Bard has a 1.28 ERA with 28 holds as the primary set-up man to closer Jonathan Papelbon.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to the Red Sox' series-opening game with the Rays, Dustin Pedroia talked about the plan he will take in regard to rehabbing the broken navicular bone in his left foot. The second baseman said that he will be getting another CT scan when the team returns to Boston Friday, at which time a decision will be made regarding surgery.
The problem, Pedroia explained, is that there hasn't been significant healing throughout the eight weeks since he originally broke the bone on a foul ball in San Francisco because it is difficult for blood to get to the area of the injury.
"If it shows like it's healing then I won't have the surgery," he said, "but it hasn't shown like it's healing the whole time."
The former American League MVP said that recovery from surgery typically takes two to three months. Michael Jordan, who had a similar injury, didn't...
Patriots offensive tackle Matt Light joined The Big Show on Patriots Friday to hit on a number of topics, including his disappointment in the team's 36-35 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. The Patriots' player representative was also asked about the proposed 18-game season, which he called "premature."
"At the end of the day we need to make sure that we have a season to play next year," Light said, referring to negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. He added that he does not view the uncertainty of regarding the 2011 as a "distraction."
A popular topic among Patriots players this week, Light also discussed HBO's "Hard Knocks" by saying he "absolutely [does] not" watch the show that documents the Jets.
"I'll wait to see them on the field," Light said of the Patriots' division rivals, though he imagined it's "got...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Speaking prior to his team's series-opener with the Rays at Tropicana Field, Red Sox manager Terry Francona said the plan is to have Daisuke Matsuzaka make his next start Thursday in Baltimore against the Orioles. The pitcher had been scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday after experiencing lower back pain.
Francona also gave an update on Mike Cameron's surgery, saying that the procedure was a bilateral sports hernia repair and bilateral groin release.
"They stitched the mesh and the adductor groin to kind of take the pressure off a little bit," Francona said. "And what they said was that it was very obvious he needed surgery. He's probably still in recovery ... But everything went well. But he needed it."
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Hall of Fame NESN/MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons made his weekly appearance on The Big Show Friday, saying that the Red Sox may be better off seeing how their series goes with the Rays before considering any big waiver-wire moves (he said they claimed "a few" relievers, including Scott Downs). He also discussed the state of the Red Sox and their injuries, most notably touching on second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
"I don't know if he ever really healed," Gammons said of Pedroia, adding that the 2008 MVP "knew right away that he'd come back too soon."
Pedroia broke a bone in his left foot on June 25 and rushed back to rejoin the lineup last Tuesday and Wednesday, but after two games was placed back on the DL. He is set to spend a week in a boot before determining whether surgery is the right course of action.
Gammons also said that Red Sox righty Clay Buchholz has a...
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