Notes: Drew (finger) may miss a week


Notes: Drew (finger) may miss a week

By Maureen Mullen Follow @maureenamullen

BOSTON J. D. Drew, on the disabled list since July 20 with a left shoulder impingement, was back with the Red Sox before the series finale against the Yankees Thursday at Fenway Park. Drew had been scheduled for a two-game rehab with Triple-A Pawtucket, but the second game was scratched after Drew injured his right middle finger in his first game with the PawSox on Tuesday.

I came up for my second at-bat and a guy threw me a fastball middle-in and I just fouled it off, Drew said. My bottom hand slipped off the bat and it just jammed my finger against the nob of the bat and kind of bent it back and sprained it pretty good . . . It was one of those things were very rarely does your bottom hand slip off the bat. My fingers caught the nob and really torqued it pretty good.

So I felt it, came out of the box, stood around for 30 seconds, finished the at-bat -- finished two more at-bats and got a couple of hits. Thought I was all right, but woke up in the middle of the night, had it really wrapped up and it was really pounding. Went in yesterday and tried to take some dry swings and it was really painful, so I flew back last night saw the doctors, took some X-rays, moved it around a little bit.

"It's a day-to-day thing. I think it's going to be a little longer than a few days but hopefully once it calms down the swelling gets out of there, we can make some progress.

Drew had been expected to be activated today. But now thinks he will need about another week.

I'm hoping that's all it is, He said. But realistically it's a matter of when I start swinging and I don't really feel it and when I don't tax it in that area, that's when I get to go back to taking full hacks and getting ready to play again. Hopefully, four to five days from now we'll have a better idea of where we're at.

His shoulder, though, is healthy.

I felt really good, he said. My shoulder, strength-wise is really good and we've done a lot of work to get the strength to where I wanted it, so I was really feeling good there, having some nice rounds of batting practice, running well, felt good defensively.

"It's just one of them fluke things that pops up in this situation. I honestly didn't think it was going to be as bad with the finger. It hurt really bad when I did it, but I didn't think it was that extensive of an injury. Then you wake up in the middle of the night and the thing is killing you. Unfortunately it's my bottom hand. If it was my top hand, it might be a little bit different, but being the bottom hand is the power hand and the hand that has to stay on the bat, so we got to make a determination. If I got up there and try to swing right now -- as painful as it is, and as loose as that ligament is -- you really jeopardize really tearing it. Just need some healing time, really is all it's got to have.

Sox pitchers threw a total of 203 pitches in the game. At 4 hours and 21 minutes, it was the longest nine-inning game of the season for the Sox, and the longest since a 4:21 game on April 25, 2009, against the Yankees.

Jon Lesters 43 pitches in the first inning are a first-inning career high for him. His previous was 34 on Sept. 1, 2010, in Baltimore. It is the third time in his career he has thrown 40 or more pitches in an inning with second innings on Aug. 18, 2006, against the Yankees (41 pitches), and June 27, 2006, against the Mets (40).

This was the Sox' first series loss to the Yankees since losing two of three last August, in New York. The Sox have an 11-4 series lead this season.

The Sox failed to win or split a series for just the third time in 17 series since July 1.

David Ortizs second-inning single extended his season-high hit streak to 15 games. It is his longest streak with the Sox and the second-longest of his career since a 19-game streak in 2002 with the Twins. In his current streak he is batting .500 (28-for-56) with seven doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI, and nine walks.

Dustin Pedroias fourth-inning two-run homer was his 18th of the season, a new career high, and the most by a Sox second baseman since Felix Mantilla's 18 in 1965.

Felix Doubront is the first of the September call-ups. He will be working out of the bullpen and was available Thursday night. He made three relief appearances for the Sox in April, spanning 2 23 innings, posting a 6.75 ERA. He has made 18 appearances, 16 starts, for the PawSox, going 2-5 with a 4.22 ERA. His last two outings were in relief. His season has been interrupted by several injuries including a hamstring strain and a groin strain.

Its been a little bit disjointed, manager Terry Francona said of Doubronts season. Hes had a lot of interruptions. Nothing serious. But he throws the ball very well. We gave him starters innings just to accelerate his maturity as a pitcher. Now hell throw out of the bullpen for us in September. Hes done it for us before. Hes kind of a unique young guy, another one of our young guys that weve come to rely on and we won't hesitate to use him.

Tim Wakefield is scheduled to start Wednesday in Toronto.

Catcher Ryan Lavarnway is expected to be called up Monday.

Kevin Youkilis, on the DL since Aug. 18 with a low back strain, is expected to be activated Friday.

Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 17 with a lower back strain, threw again Thursday, making 35 throws from 60 feet.

Bobby Jenks, on the DL since July 8 with left back tightness, is still feeling the effects of the illness that scratched him from his rehab game on Saturday with Single-A Salem. He is not ready to throw, Francona said.

Phil Mickelson, a left-handed golfer, took batting practice and threw out the first pitch right-handed. Tim Wakefield caught for him.

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White Sox rally for 5-4 win, denying Price first victory of 2017


White Sox rally for 5-4 win, denying Price first victory of 2017

CHICAGO -- Red Sox lefty David Price had an uneven season debut while Melky Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, helping the Chicago White Sox rally past Boston 5-4 on Monday.

Price, who missed the first part of the year with a left elbow strain, threw 88 pitches in five innings. The former AL Cy Young Award winner gave up two hits, including Cabrera's three-run homer, walked two and hit two batters. He also struck out four.

Price was in line for the win before Kevan Smith hit an RBI double off Matt Barnes (3-2) in the seventh, tying it at 4-4. Cabrera had an RBI single with two outs.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia injured his wrist in the first inning and exited in the second. He was hurt trying to beat out a hit when first baseman Jose Abreu slid into the bag and Pedroia fell over him.

Juan Minaya (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and David Robertson closed for his eighth save in nine chances.

Price turns in encouraging effort in first 2017 start


Price turns in encouraging effort in first 2017 start

CHICAGO — It’s a start, literally and figuratively.

David Price showed some great velocity in his 2017 Red Sox debut Monday afternoon, hitting 97 mph -- heat he didn’t have last year. At times, the pitcher the Sox badly need to return to form flashed high-level effectiveness as well.


What everyone expected would be off in Price's first start back, his command, was indeed shaky, considering he allowed more runs (three) than hits (two). But he wasn’t expected to be in tip-top form, and he did a decent job overall.

Price's five-inning, three-run performance against the White Sox came almost exactly three months after he first felt elbow soreness during spring training. The lefty exited with the Red Sox ahead 4-3, though he lost the chance at his first 2017 victory when Chicago scored twice off Matt Barnes in the seventh and pulled out a 5-4 victory.

All three runs off Price scored on a Melky Cabrera homer in the third inning, which put the White Sox ahead 3-1 at the time. Price walked only two batters on the day, but they happened to be the two hitters in front of Cabrera.

The walk started with the No. 9 hitter, Adam Engel. Tim Anderson, who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the day, got a free pass as well.

But besides the Cabrera homer on a first-pitch fastball that was middle-in, the only other hit Price allowed was a shallow bloop single to center field.

Price finished with four strikeouts, including the first batter he faced on the day, Anderson.

His command issues were nonetheless clear. Price hit two batters to begin his final frame, setting up a fine play for Deven Marrero to record a force out at second before Xander Bogaerts started a inning-ending double play with a fantastic dive, bailing Price out of the first-and-third jam with one out.

With 88 pitches and 58 strikes, Price was more efficient than he was in two rehab outings at Triple-A Pawtucket, and he didn’t get rocked. But he also wasn’t as efficient as the Red Sox will need him to be.

Price was pitching in a calm, pleasant environment (clear skies, temperatures in the 70s, low humidity) that might actually have been more comfortable than the colder clime Price faced in Pawtucket -- where both the fans and temperatures were chilly.

The Red Sox were aggressive bringing Price back so quickly, and set themselves up for a second guess if something went wrong. But Price preserved the second of two leads his offense gave him and didn’t let the game get out of hand. After the Cabrera homer put the White Sox up two, the Red Sox answered immediately in the top of the fourth to tie at 3-3.

The argument that Price did better than anyone else would have in his place is a fair one, considering John Farrell and Co. slated Price to pitch Monday before they watched Brian Johnson’s complete-game shutout.

The bigger question was always about what was best for Price’s future, and Monday looks like something he can build on. He may have benefited from the adrenaline of being back in the majors.