PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- General manager Ben Cherington confirmed that the Red Sox have been in communication with the Chicago Cubs after pitcher Chris Carpenter, obtained last month from the Cubs, underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow.
Carpenter came to the Sox as part of the compensation for the Cubs hiring former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein with a year remaining on his contract.
Carpenter pitched two innings in Grapefruit League action for the Sox before being sidelined with the elbow injury.
"I can't comment on it,'' said Cherington. "The Cubs are aware of the situation. We've talked to them. But aside from that, I'm not going to comment on it.
"With that particular subject, I just can't comment. And I wouldn't read anything into that. Everyone's aware of what's going on. There's been a conversation, but I can't comment on anything more than that.''
Carpenter has said he was healthy at the time of the trade, a contention
which Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer also backed.
There’s still no concrete answer on how long Isaiah Thomas’ right groin injury will keep him sidelined, but the 5-foot-9 guard probably will not play against Toronto on Friday.
Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, addressed Thomas’ availability on 98.5 the Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich show Thursday morning.
“It’s day to day,” said Ainge, who added that Thomas had an injection into his thigh muscle. “He is a warrior; he loves to play. He’ll be back faster than most players would be back after an injury. At the same time, we have to be really careful with Isaiah over the long haul and make sure he doesn’t come back and injure it.”
Thomas did not play in Boston’s 117-87 win at Orlando on Wednesday night, his first missed game since the 2014-15 season.
He is ranked among the NBA’s top-10 scorers with a career-high 26.0 points-per-game average, in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game.
Thomas has been effective while playing through an assortment of injuries during his time with Boston. But a groin injury isn't something that can just be played through, which is why the Celtics are wisely shutting him down now.
“We’ll try and get him as much rest as we can and get him back on the court when he’s ready,” Ainge said.
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