SportsNet Central update: More drama for Sox

SportsNet Central update: More drama for Sox
August 19, 2012, 5:57 am
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"SportsNet Central's" Kevin Walsh has the latest on more drama involving the Red Sox in this controversy-filled season.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, using teammate Adrian Gonzalez's phone, sent the infamous text message requesting a meeting with team owners last month in New York.

That might explain Shoppach's sudden trade to the Mets last week that came just after Yahoo! Sports broke the story of the text message and the contentious meeting in New York.

Shoppach, reached in Washington, where his new team was playing on Saturday, told the Daily News, "I don't know what you're talking about," when asked about sending the text message.

And still more drama...

The Boston Globe reported that Crawford has said he wants to have Tommy John surgery to repair his ailing elbow as soon as next week. Apparently, that's news to Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, who said that Crawford hasn't asked about havng surgery.

Meanwhile, on the field, the Sox bounced back from losing the opener of their series at Yankee Stadium with a 4-1 victory on Saturday. Jon Lester had another strong outing and was backed by a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez and four more hits from Yankee nemesis Pedro Ciriaco.