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03/17/2010 - 12:04pm
BP session 'successful' for Daisuke

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Daisuke Matsuzaka, coming off a strained neck muscle, threw a 54-pitch batting practice session against hitters Wednesday morning at City of Palms Park. Matsuzaka threw all of his pitches, finishing with 10 fastballs and four pitchouts against a hitter and no screen (with no swings). It was Mastuzaka's first time facing hitters this spring training. Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell classified the session as "successful" and that the pitcher had "no restrictions, no hesitation." "Every progressive step is a positive one," said Farrell, who noted that if all goes well Matsuzaka could pitch two innings in a minor league game Sunday. For more, see the Full Count Blog.


03/17/2010 - 11:14am
Marlins' interest in Lowell limited

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, any interest from the Florida Marlins in acquiring Mike Lowell is limited. The Post suggested that the possibility of the Marlins bringing back their franchise home run leader was "remote," while Frisaro suggested that the Marlins seemed disinclined to give up a prospect for the infielder, and multiple reports suggest that Florida would need the Sox to pick up nearly all of the 36-year-old's $12 million contract in 2010.


03/17/2010 - 10:16am
Lowrie diagnosed with mono

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A series of tests revealed that Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie's recent fatigue was the result of mononucleosis. The 26-year-old told the Sox last Thursday that he felt exhausted, at a time when he was facing an accelerated heart beat.

 

After more significant issues had been ruled out, subsequent tests revealed that his symptoms were a result of mono. He will be able to handle some return to physical activity, though it remains to be seen at what pace.

 

"He has mono," manager Terry Francona said. "He can play as tolerated. It's just, there's a reason he was feeling run down the last week. He was on a bike yesterday. I don't think he'll feel like he has a ton of energy for the next week or two, but he can do physical things as tolerated. We'll monitor him. I don't think we want him kissing anyone, but we'll keep an eye on him."

 

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03/17/2010 - 10:07am
Minor leaguer Lentz retires

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minor league pitcher Richie Lentz retired, a Red Sox source confirmed. The news was first reported by soxprospects.com.

 

Lentz, drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 draft by the Sox, put together a spectacular season in 2008, when he struck out 112 batters in 77.1 innings for High-A Lancaster and Double-A Portland on the strength of a mid- to high-90s fastball and swing-and-miss slider. But he struggled to maintain his mechanics in the 2009 regular season, and he had a 6.75 ERA with Portland.

 

He seemed to be ironing out some of his mechanical issues in the Arizona Fall League at the end of 2009, but when he encountered shoulder discomfort (though not a condition that was expected to require surgery) this spring, he elected to walk away from the game.

 

Lentz had dealt with a lengthy rehab from Tommy John surgery in college, perhaps contributing to his decision.


03/17/2010 - 8:35am
Report: Pats will play on Thanksgiving

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that the Patriots are slated to play on Thanksgiving afternoon, against the Lions in Detroit. The Cowboys and Jets will be hosting the other Thanksgiving games, with their opponents to be determined. To read Florio's report click here.


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