Hill (elbow) to be examined on Monday

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Hill (elbow) to be examined on Monday

BOSTON A year and a day after Tommy John surgery, left-hander Rich Hill has been placed on the disabled list with tightness in his left elbow.

In the Red Sox clubhouse early Sunday morning, Hill said that on Monday he was going to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on June 9, 2011.

Rich Hill had a little tightness in his elbow and because of the situation thats hes dealing with in the first year of his rehabilitation were going to have him go back to Dr. Andrews, the doctor who performed the operation, to get his opinion on why he has that tightness, manager Bobby Valentine said.

He just doesnt feel that good throwing his curveball. And hopefully it'll come back as kind of an SOP standard operating procedure, that this is the way things happen as you recover from Tommy John.

Hes off the roster so hes on the disabled list for two weeks. Mark Melancon, whos just been lights out at Triple A is up, taking his spot in the bullpen.

Valentine said the issue with Hills elbow first cropped up about three weeks ago, then subsided. But, after Hills latest outing one inning against the Nationals on Friday night, when he faced four batters, gave up two hits with one strikeout the problem flared. Before that, he had not pitched since June 3 in Toronto, one inning facing four batters with two hits and a strikeout.

He said about three weeks ago it bothered him a little and then it went away and no problem, Valentine said. I heard about it one of those days where I didnt use him for three days and then he said he was fine. Then I think it was about five days since he was in a game the other day and in that game he threw those four curve balls to Washingtons Bryce Harper. Just didn't feel great about it.

Valentine, who said Hill has undergone some tests that were OK, said he did not notice a difference in the way Hill was throwing.

I didnt think he was throwing much different, Valentine said. I think his curveball just didn't have the same late break, but I dont know if thats elbow-related.

In 17 appearances, spanning 13 23 innings, Hill has a record of 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA. He has allowed 12 hits with seven walks, giving up four runs, with 11 strikeouts.

Hills absence leaves two lefties in the bullpen, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, who had recently been getting stretched out (7 13 innings in his last two appearances) in case the Sox need an emergency spot starter. Valentine said that plan could be affected now. He would not consider using Vicente Padilla in a long role.

Absolutely not, Valentine said. I mean, he probably could but I wouldnt consider that, not at this time. Much too valuable in the role hes had.

Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

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Red Sox will re-assess Rodriguez's progress after rehab start

CHICAGO -- Eduardo Rodriguez's return to the Red Sox rotation is going to take a little while longer.

Rodriguez will make at least one more rehab start for Pawtucket Sunday before the Red Sox re-assess his progress.

There had been some thought that Rodriguez would need only two outings on his rehab assignment. But the decision was made Wednesday to give him at least one more.

Rodriguez had a good outing for Pawtucket Tuesday night, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings of work.

All three runs came in the first inning, after which he showed improvement. "From the second to the sixth innings,'' said Farrell, "they were probably more crisp, more sharp. Looking for that to continue to advance."

Rodriguez, too, said he felt better than he did the first time out, when he allowed three runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

"I feel more control of the ball,'' he said. "I feel more comfortable throwing the ball in the game. Physically, I feel fine. I just see how everything goes every day like bullpens, running and everything. I just want to get back as fast as I can. But I want to get back 100 percent, I don't want to get back at 70 percent and go out there and don't do like I normally do."

Rodriguez, of course, has missed the first month of the season after tweaking his knee at the beginning of spring training.

"The first start I made in Pawtucket,'' recalled Rodriguez, ''I was thinking too much on my knee. Every pitch I'm throwing, I'm thinking like 'Don't push too much,' but (Tuesday) night it was every pitch I'm throwing just thinking of the game and not my knee."

After throwing 84 pitches Tuesday night, the Red Sox want him to get his pitch count over 90 in his next outing.

''I think with each outing he's getting, he's gaining more confidence and feeling more maybe natural and free on the mound," Farrell said.

 

Tonight's lineups: Red Sox at White Sox

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Tonight's lineups: Red Sox at White Sox

The Red Sox face a left-hander -- Carlos Rondon, in this case -- for the second night in a row as they play the middle game of their three-night series in Chicago against the White Sox.

The lineups:

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Chris Young LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Josh Rutledge 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Clay Buchholz P

WHITE SOX:
Adam Eaton RF
Jimmy Rollins SS
Jose Abreu 1B
Todd Frazier 3B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie 2B
Jerry Sands DH
Dioner Navarro C
Austin Jackson CF
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Carlos Rondon P