Ex-Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon says he used Toradol, a legal anti-inflammatory drug but with side affects that has raised concerns about its use in professional sports, throughout his career in Boston, and that the Phillies stopped him from using it when he signed with them last year.
In a story by ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes, Papelbon said he "used it based on how I felt. The days I felt bad, I took it. Maybe once a month.
"It made me feel better. You had to get it about 30 minutes before a game, and it made me feel pretty damn good. It only lasted about four hours maximum."
When he joined the Phillies, Papelbon said: "They told me, 'We don't do that here.' That kind of surprised me. I haven't had a single Toradol shot since."
Papelbon defended the Red Sox for its use, saying: "There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It's not just the Red Sox."
A Red Sox official told Edes that the team is reviewing its policy on the use of the drug. Clay Buchholz said use of Toradol may have contributed to the esophagitis that sidelined him for 20 games last year.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.