Boston Red Sox

Matsuzaka (sprained elbow) placed on DL


Matsuzaka (sprained elbow) placed on DL

By Maureen Mullen

BOSTON For the second time in as many days, the Red Sox have placed a starting pitcher on the disabled list.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has a sprained right elbow, is the most recent starter to join the injured ranks. He joins John Lackey, who was placed on the DL Monday with a right elbow strain. Matsuzakas move will be made official Wednesday.

Matsuzaka received an MRI on his elbow on Tuesday. Just after Tuesday's game against the Orioles was postponed, manager Terry Francona said the team had received the results of the exam.

The elbow has a sprain, were going to shut him down for a period of whatever time we need, Francona said. I think theyre kind of explaining that to Dice probably right about now and then well go from there.

How long the right-hander will be shut down is unclear.

Its impossible, Francona said. If you put a time period out there, thats not fair to Dice-K, because the doctors dont even know. We dont want to do that to Dice.

Francona said Matsuzaka was unable to connect the injury with a single pitch or event. He pitched just 4 13 innings Monday against the Os, giving up five runs on five hits and seven walks with two strikeouts.

When we talked to him a little bit after Mondays game it just kind of came together, Francona said. When you see somebody commanding -- I know hes had command issues in the past, but thats always something to think about when people arent commanding. It doesnt have to be just a decrease in velocity. It can be command also.

Matsuzaka left his start against the Mariners on April 29 with elbow tightness after facing just one batter in the fifth inning. Since then, he has thrown 11 13 innings over two starts and one relief appearance, allowing 11 runs (all earned) on 13 hits and 10 walks with six strikeouts while his ERA has climbed from 3.81 to 5.30. It's likely he was dealing with the elbow injury on April 29.

Well, its hard to imagine its not related, Francona said. But those are some of the same questions we try to ask because we certainly want to find out and learn. But we just really dont know. I dont think Dice-K really knows . . . So we just knew that we better check and Im glad we did."

This is the fourth straight year Matsuzaka has gone on the DL. In his five seasons with the Sox, the only year he didnt make a trip to the DL was 2007, his first.

The Sox now have four pitchers Matsuzaka, Lackey, Dan Wheeler, and Bobby Jenks and shortstop Marco Scutaro on the DL.

It doesnt change anything in our view, Francona said. Were going to get Lack healthy and get him back out there as quick as we can. Were going to the same thing with Dice-K. 'Til we do, were going to try to win with somebody else. Thats the way we always feel.

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Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

Source: Despite addition of Nunez, Sox plan to keep Devers on roster

BOSTON — Eduardo Nunez is expected to be activated Friday night, but he doesn't have third base all to himself. Rookie Rafael Devers is not going to be sent to the minors to make room, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday.

The Red Sox announced a roster move for David Price, who went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation. But the corresponding move to activate Nunez, whom the Red Sox acquired from the Giants in a trade for two minor leaguers, wasn't immediately clear. 

If there's no health situation at play and no one lands on the disabled list, Deven Marrero could be the odd man out.

UPDATE: David Price on 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation

UPDATE: David Price on 10-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation

BOSTON — David Price went to the disabled list with left elbow inflammation before his scheduled start Friday. Rick Porcello was moved up a day into Price's slot in the rotation, with Eduardo Rodriguez slated to start Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday.

Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.

The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.

Robby Scott was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to Price's spot on the roster. Price is on the DL retroactive to July 25, the maximum allowable three days that a DL trip can be made retroactive.

The timing of Price's injury is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.

The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.