Silva (shoulder) out of the running as fifth starter


Silva (shoulder) out of the running as fifth starter

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Scratch one candidate from the crowded competition for the No. 5 starter's spot.

Carlos Silva, one of a handful of veterans signed to minor league deals with spring training invites, has been shut down for the foreseeable future because of right shoulder inflammation, according to manager Bobby Valentine.

Silva had been scheduled to start Wednesday in Dunedin against the Toronto Blue Jays, but his name was removed from the travel roster.

"Silva has some shoulder inflammation that's probably going to set him back enough that he won't be totally in the mix,'' said Valentine. "(He'll be out) long enough to keep him out of the big picture situation.''

Valentine said the Sox knew that Silva had some shoulder issues before coming to camp.

"It flared up here,'' said Valentine. "I think we know exactly what it is and we were hoping that it wouldn't occur as quickly, present itself as quickly as it did.''

Silva's injury still leaves more than a half-dozen candidates for the role of fifth starter, including Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller, Felix Doubront, Aaron Cook, Ross Ohlendorf and Vicente Padilla.

Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches


Sunday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: JBJ sits, Vazquez catches

Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. 

Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left. 

Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.

The lineups:  

Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP 

Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
Jake Odorizzi RHP 

Belichick concerned about availability of QBs? 'Injury report on Wednesday'


Belichick concerned about availability of QBs? 'Injury report on Wednesday'

Bill Belichick has a pair of young quarterbacks dealing with injuries at the moment. Jimmy Garoppolo was inactive for Thursday's win over the Texans due to a Grade 2 AC joint sprain he endured in Week 2 against the Dolphins, and Jacoby Brissett sustained a minor injury to his right thumb in his first pro start last week. 

Asked if he was concerned about either player being available for New England's Week 4 contest against the Bills, Belichick didn't provide much in the way of hints one way or another.

"Well, we'll all give our injury report on Wednesday, as we always do, as we're required to do," Belichick said. "Based on where things are at that point, that'll be represented in the report."

If there's concern over both quarterbacks as the team gets closer to its final game without Tom Brady, it may be forced to add a quarterback so as not to subject an emergency option, like receiver Julian Edelman, to extended snaps behind center.