June 6, 2004

Pedro Update. Pedro Martinez threw a successful side session before Saturday's game and said that even with an inflammed wrist, his curveball felt "a lot better, perfect." Martinez said the wrist had been sore for the last month, though he seemed annoyed that it had become a topic of conversation. "It's not a big deal. It never has been, so why would it be now?" ... Uh, because your ERA is 4-freaking-40? Which is like 12.00 for a non-deity?

Dr. Joe Chase of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center: "It's been looked at in the past. There's nothing internally going on with it. This is something that's been going on for years. It's generally in this time frame, in the middle of the season type thing, so it's not all that unexpected." (More Pedro here and here.) ... Chase also said Scott Williamson threw 25 pitches on Saturday at "100 percent [and] felt great." ... After sprinting on two days while in Anaheim, Ellis Burks had some swelling in his knee.

Nomar Garciaparra went 2-for-4 for Pawtucket Saturday night, hitting a double and a home run. He'll be in Boston on Monday, meeting with medical personnel; it's still possible he could play Tuesday. In 5 games with the PawSox, Nomar was 5-for-18.

Gabe Kapler and Pokey Reese hit back-to-back triples in the fourth inning on Saturday night. The last time the Red Sox did that was with Trot Nixon and Jose Offerman on August 18, 1999. ... SoSH in the Globe. ... A feature on Red Sox radioman (and author) Joe Castiglione. ... The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Marlins have asked about Doug Mirabelli and Byung Hyun Kim.

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