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06/03/2011 - 4:37pm
Francona: Tommy John likely for Dice K, Hill

Red Sox manager Terry Francona acknowledged Friday that "Tommy John" surgery will almost certainly be required to repair the torn ligament in Daisuke Matsuzaka's right elbow. 

"It's looking more and more like he needs to have the surgery," said Francona, who was holding out hope that surgery could be avoided on Matsuzaka. "What we're concerned about is what's best for Daisuke. I think orginially, when anything like this happens and you have a pitcher of that age and thrown the pitches he has, non-surgical is always hopefully the best way to go. Now, if he needs surgery, we support that. Now, we have to figure out who, when, why, where and all that, and we're in the midst of that and that should happen tonight."

Francona said the team met with Matsuzaka on Thursday during a long meeting to discuss all options based on the tests that have been performed on his right forearm and elbow. 

"We visited...

06/03/2011 - 4:36pm
Hottovy: From Fort Myers pizza to Fenway

Tommy Hottovy had high hopes for his future when he was drafted by the Red Sox in the fourth round of the 2004 MLB draft. It seemed like he had made the first step to reaching his lifetime goal of becoming a pitcher in the big leagues. Then, Tommy John surgery in 2008 while pitching for Double-A Portland seemed like it had derailed those dreams. But nearly seven years to the day since being indoctrinated into the Red Sox organization, Hottovy will make his major-league debut after being called up to the big club Friday afternoon. 

After that surgery though, Hottovy, 29, said he thought it was a possibility that a day like Friday would never come. 

"I was 26 in Double-A when I hurt my arm. I was going to turn 27 during surgery," he said. "I called my wife [Andrea] and I was like ‘Is this something we really want to do?’ Because I wasn’t going to be alone there, I wanted her to have a big factor in what we...

06/03/2011 - 4:14pm
Source: Andrew Miller has June 15 opt-out

A baseball source has confirmed that minor league lefthander Andrew Miller has an opt-out clause in his contract that he can exercise by June 15 if he not in the major leagues. Miller's contract calls for him to be paid a prorated portion of a $1.2 million salary this season if he reaches the majors.

Miller, who signed a minor league deal with the Sox in the offseason, is not currently on the team's 40-man roster. Brian MacPhearson of the Providence Journal first reported the existence of the opt-out.

Miller has appeared in 10 games (nine starts) for Triple-A Pawtucket and has a 2.47 ERA in 47 1/3 innings and 39 strikeouts. He has also walked 34 batters. He is holding opponents to a .160 average this year (lefties are hitting .132 against him), with just one homer.

The Sox signed the former sixth overall pick in the draft after three inconsistent seasons with the Marlins...

06/03/2011 - 3:40pm
Lineup: Cameron in right for Drew

J.D. Drew will sit out his second straight game and Mike Cameron will start in his place and hit eighth as the Sox open up a three-game series with Oakland tonight at Fenway. The A's are starting lefty Josh Outman while the Sox counter with Clay Buchholz as they try to snap a four-game losing skid.

Here's the rest of the lineup:

1. Ellsbury CF
2. Pedroia 2B
3. Gonzalez 1B
4. Youkilis 3B
5. Ortiz DH
6. Lowrie SS
7. Crawford LF
8. Cameron RF
9. Saltalamacchia C

For more on the matchup go to the Full Count blog. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at

06/03/2011 - 3:23pm
Sox call up Hottovy, place Hill on DL

The Red Sox announced that they have called Tommy Hottovy up from Triple-A Pawtucket and placed Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Hottovy on the 40-man roster the Sox also placed Daisuke Matsuzaka on the 60-day disabled list.

The 29-year-old lefty was pitching out of the Pawtucket bullpen and is almost three years removed from Tommy John surgery. In 18 2/3 innings with the PawSox this season, Hottovy has allowed just four runs while striking out 18 and walking four. Left-handers have yet to get a hit against him in Triple-A.

For more on Hottovoy go to Full Count. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at

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