Notes: Lowrie (shoulder) will not have surgery


Notes: Lowrie (shoulder) will not have surgery

By Sean McAdam Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

By Danny Picard Follow @dannypicard
BOSTON -- Shortstop Jed Lowrie visited Dr. Lewis Youcum Wednesday in Los Angeles, seeking a second opinion on his bruised left shoulder which has bothered him for more than three weeks.

Lowrie came out of last Thursday's game in Tampa Bay during an at-bat in which he felt the shoulder pop out of joint and was placed on the disabled list the following day.

Yocum agreed with the diagnosis provided by the Red Sox' medical staff -- that Lowrie was suffering from a left shoulder strain -- and that surgery was unnecessary.

Lowrie had been frustrated that, even before the incident at Tropicana Field, the shoulder was not getting much better. It now seems, however, that rest and a strengthening program are the best route to a return to the lineup.

The Red Sox offense only scored one run on Wednesday afternoon, but that didnt mean everybody was slacking. Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, and Kevin Youkilis each had multihit games, with Gonzalez finishing 4-for-4 with an RBI.

It was Gonzalez third game this season with at least four hits.

Hes a monster, man, said David Ortiz after Bostons 5-1 loss to San Diego on Wednesday. Hes something special, very special. This is one of a kind. Kind of guy that makes it looks so easy. He has that great swing. His approach is unbelievable. Hes a smart hitter. He knows where to hit the ball. Not like me, I hit rockets right at people.

Ortiz didnt have a very good offensive day, going 0-for-3, and stranding seven of the Red Sox 10 runners left on base.

Padres starter Clayton Richard wasnt anything crazy, said Ortiz. We were hitting rockets right at people. Not much can you do about it.

Shortstop Marco Scutaro was a last-minute scratch on Wednesday afternoon because of an illness. Red Sox manager Terry Francona pretty much considered him day-to-day after the loss.

Hes a little better, said Francona after the loss. Hes just not feeling real well. We got him out of there maybe a half hour, 20 minutes before the game.

We dont play tomorrow. He wont miss a game tomorrow, and well go from there.

Drew Sutton played in Scutaro's place and went 0-for-2 with an error.

Its not easy, said Sutton. Basically going into it blind against the opposing pitcher. When you know youre playing you have time to look at a pitcher and see what hes doing. Its tough to do, but thats the role. Thats kind of what youve got to do.

Francona said there hasnt been much improvement on Josh Beckett's illness, throwing into question his scheduled weekend start. He's already missed one start, Tuesday night, because of the sickness.

Francona called the ailment good old fashioned case of the flu". As of Wednesdaymorning, the Red Sox manager had no timetable for when Beckett will shake off theillness.

Hes really sick, Francona said. The doctors are trying tofigure it out. I have not seen him this morning. He wasnt good yesterday.

Because its the off-day on Thursday, were actually okay.There are some either-ors. Andrew Miller will throw maybe a little shorter side today,just in case he has to pitch Sunday instead of Monday.

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks (back) will throw anotherside session on Thursday. He threw 20 pitches on Tuesday, and will throw alittle more than that during the off-day.

He is making really rapid steps the last three or fourdays, which is great, said Francona.

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Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.


Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.


Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"


It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.


Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."


Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after second rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.