BOSTON -- Scott Atchison knew as soon as he woke up the morning after his rehab outing Friday night with Triple-A Pawtucket that something was wrong with his elbow. It was more than the forearm tightness that had him on the disabled list since July 14.The right-hander had an MRI done, which revealed a tear in his elbow, and will now travel to Pensacola, Fla., to meet with Dr. James Andrews Monday morning for a second opinion.Its a matter of how severe the tear is and what my options are as far as what I do, he said. Obviously, I know a couple of them. Everybody knows Tommy Johns obviously missing a year. But see what he has to say and then go from there.Hes braced himself for the worst news, which would be that he needs Tommy John surgery.I think before the MRI even happened I was kind of prepping for the fact that I was probably, the news wasnt going to be maybe what I wanted to hear, Atchison said. But as far as for the surgery, if thats what I need and thats what we feel is the best route and the only option, then Ill do it. Ive been through a shoulder surgery. Its been 15 years but I put everything into and thats the only way I know to do something and hopefully get back and be the same guy that I was before.Atchison, who has a record of 2-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 37 games spanning 46 innings this season, said the elbow injury didnt happen on one pitch. It was more a gradual process.I cant go back to one pitch, he said. And thats kind of what the Red Sox doctor told me just going off what he was reading on the MRI it looked more like a gradual. It didn't look like something just popped right on one pitch, that it was kind of over time. Ive thrown a lot of pitches, so its understandable I guess.He essentially gave me what he felt like were three options: surgery, rest, and theres another procedure, Im not sure exactly what its about. But he recommend going ahead and seeing either Andrews or Dr. Lewis Yocum or seeing someone else. Just those guys are not that he wasnt confident in his analysis of it but hes never done Tommy John he told me. So he said, Go ahead and go. Id recommend you see one of those guys that have done obviously lots of them. Which I agree with. Go down there, lets see what they have to say and then discuss it with the Red Sox and figure out what the next step is.Atchison, who turned 36 in March, was originally drafted by the Mariners in the 36th round in 1994. He is in his third season with the Sox. Atchison wasnt really surprised to learn he had a tear in his elbow.I figured there was probably some kind of tear at this point in my career, he said. But obviously its common for evyeboyd to have a little bit of something in there, I think. Thats maybe part of the reason we didnt do the MRI right away the first time it happened. Because I was feeling better and progressed with it. And afraid if you look at something maybe youll see something and thats not the cause of the problem. But when it felt the way I did the day after I threw the other day, I thought something else might be going on because it just didnt seem the way it should for having pitched even just a little sore.Im going to kind of reserve till I hear everything on Monday. Then Ill worry about the rest of it. But its a little disappointing. But hopefully maybe theyll look at it different or maybe well do another one or whatever and see something else and theres another option or something. Well see.
Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis.
Looks like I won't be allowed to visit Japan for the next 4 years. 😂😂😂 https://t.co/BCGnvpFWLh— Kevin Youkilis (@KYouk_2036) December 9, 2016
Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time.
The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.
Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.
US ambassador to Japan?
Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.
The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons.
When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team."
Would he be interested?
"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.
Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford.
Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.