It's a small fracture, it's non-displaced. It should heal without any sort of surgical intervention. We just have to let it heal and we'll get him back as soon as we can. ... Six to eight weeks is sort of a general framework.Cherington added that Jacoby Ellsbury could return to the lineup in early July, with Carl Crawford coming back later in the month.
Ryan Sweeney had some more concussion tests before last night game and then felt fatigue after taking batting practice. Bobby Valentine said that Sweeney might go on the special seven-day disabled list for players who have suffered head injuries.
Che-Hsuan Lin was called up and played right field last night (and got his first major league hit and run scored), but he may be sent down if Kevin Youkilis is activated tonight. Yook played seven innings with Pawtucket on Saturday, had Sunday off, and played against last night. (Will Middlebrooks may stay with the Red Sox when Youkilis returns, if Adrian Gonzalez is cool with playing the outfield now and again.)
Daisuke Matsuzaka's rehab has been put on hold as the right-hander received an injection because of pain in his right trapezius (neck) muscle. Because he will be shut down for at least seven days, the Red Sox can re-start Matsuzaka's 30-day rehab clock.
The same area maybe flared up about three weeks ago. The same symptoms seemed to clear up, but they came back again. It restricts my movement. ... My rehab, so far, has been going really well. It is a setback, and it's a little disappointing, but hopefully the shot takes care of it ...Aaron Cook was supposed to start a rehab assignment with the PawSox tonight, but his left knee laceration has been slow to heal.
One corner of the cut's not healing as much as the doctors wanted it to heal. They want to make sure it's completely closed.Since April 23, the bullpen has a 1.59 ERA. Alfredo Aceves has converted eight consecutive save opportunities and Vicente Padilla has stranded all 15 runners he has inherited.
It seems like I'm more concentrated on making pitches more aggressively with the fastball when there are inherited runners. ... The game's on the line right there. You can't give up any runs. I must concentrate better.Three factoids from the Globe's Peter Abraham:
Aceves has converted eight save chances in a row ...Since May 11, the Red Sox are 9-2 and the pitching staff has a 2.69 ERA. The bats have gone .283/.333/.507, with 30 doubles and 18 home runs. Boston has scored 5.6 runs per game in that time.
No reliever in the AL has stranded more runners without allowing one to score than Padilla.
[Andrew] Miller has retired 23 of the 28 batters he has faced.