Hill frustrated -- and relieved -- at latest setback


Hill frustrated -- and relieved -- at latest setback

MIAMI -- When Rich Hill first started feeling some soreness in his surgically repaired left elbow a few weeks ago, he couldn't help but worry.

When the pain and stiffness didn't subside despite treatment over the weekend and an MRI proved inconclusive, he had even more reason to fret.

But a visit with noted orthopedist James Andrews Monday revealed that Hill was only suffering a strained flexor tendon. He could be sidelined for more than a month, but after undergoing Tommy John surgery just over a year ago, it could have been a whole lot worse.

"After going through and having that surgery once and rehabbing,'' said Hill, "and coming back strong, having something else happen, obviously there's some anxiety there. Something could have wrong with the ligament; turns out there wasn't. That's really a good sign.''

Hill has been ordered to not throw at all for the next two weeks. He'll then be re-evaluated.

Andrews told Hill this latest setback is essentially unrelated to the surgery and could have happened to any pitcher.

"We've been treating it for a couple of weeks,'' said Hill. "We were treating and then it started to get worse.''

Although the news was far from worst-case for Hill, there's still an element of frustration for Hill, who had flourished out of the bullpen and was 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 17 games.

"You miss the competition and going out there with your teammates,'' said Hill. "You're going to sit on the sidelines and watch. But if you continue to push an injury, you end up with what we had last year, which is not what you want to go through.

"Altogether, if you miss, say, at most six weeks, you come back and it's behind you and you move on, instead of missing another year.''

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

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. 

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. 


Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

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.