Notes: Thornton goes on DL; Beato called back up

Notes: Thornton goes on DL; Beato called back up
August 7, 2013, 9:15 pm
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HOUSTON – The Red Sox placed left-hander Matt Thornton on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain before the series finale against the Astros on Wednesday and called up right-hander Pedro Beato from Triple-A Pawtucket.
 
With the bullpen pitching eight innings Tuesday, the move was made in part to ensure they would not be short of relievers.
 
Thornton, acquired from the White Sox on July 12, was injured in Sunday at Fenway Park against the Diamondbacks.  He said he felt the injury on three successive pitches, with the pain level progressively worse on each until he had to come out of the game. He and the Sox had been hopeful the injury would respond to treatment the past few days without necessitating a trip to the DL. Now, they are hopeful he will be ready to pitch again when he is eligible.
 
“When you get into the oblique injury, even though he feels improved from the time on Sunday when he first suffered the injury, this is something that we don’t feel like we want to rush with the potential of any kind of setback,” manager John Farrell said. “The fact is we also needed another arm in here after last night’s bullpen use.
 
“We feel like the projected return to game activity is going to be every bit of two weeks, even with the improvement that he’s shown over the last few days.”
 
The move was made retroactive to Aug. 5.
 
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Beato rejoins the Sox for his fourth major league stint this season. In nine games for the Sox he is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA, allowing three earned runs in 8 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts. With Pawtucket, he was 5-3 with three saves, a 2.09 ERA, allowing 10 earned runs in 43 innings, with 18 walks and 35 strikeouts in 26 games out of the bullpen. He last pitched Monday at Buffalo, going 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

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Farrell said he could use knuckleballer Steven Wright as a long reliever out of the bullpen.  Wright had a rough outing Tuesday in his first major league start. He lasted just one inning, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, with a strikeout, a hit batter, and a wild pitch, as catcher Ryan Lavarnway was charged with four passed balls, tying a major league record.

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Left-hander Franklin Morales, on the DL with a left pectoral strain retroactive to June 23, continued his rehab assignment, pitching one inning Wednesday in Portland for the Double-A Sea Dogs. He allowed a run on two hits with one strikeout.  His status will be re-evaluated after that appearance.

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Catcher David Ross is scheduled to travel to Pittsburgh Thursday to be re-examined by concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins. If Ross is cleared, he will begin a rehab assignment Friday with Portland. ... Right-hander John Lackey, who sprained his ankle in his Monday start, played catch and remains on schedule to make his next start, Sunday in Kansas City.

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Asked the challenges of being a manager of a contending team in August, Farrell replied:
 
“I don’t know if it’s increased pressure. There’s a need to win every night, I can tell you that. And you balance on-field results with maintenance that you’re trying to get guys ample rest because we feel like the intensity that we’ve got to play with tonight is going to be the case for the remainder of the season. We’ve got some health issues that we’re managing and try to return to full strength, hopefully sooner than later. But where we are in the standings are reflective of this team.  It’s a fairly veteran group that has had winning in their background. What we do to prepare for today is kind of customary to what the capabilities are of this team."