Red Sox notes: MRI gives Uehara 'peace of mind'

Red Sox notes: MRI gives Uehara 'peace of mind'
April 15, 2014, 8:45 pm
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CHICAGO -- Following an examination in Boston Monday, reliever Koji Uehara threw long-toss Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

"It was a good feeling to know that I was able to throw from that long distance,'' said Uehara, "and also the fact there was no structural damage, that gave me a lot of peace of mind.''

As long as there are no further setbacks, the Red Sox expect that Uehara could pitch as early as Thursday in the series finale.

"I think it was more mental," Uehara told the Boston reporters. "The fact I had the same kind of feeling two years ago, that was sort of a sticking point. That's something that only people who went through that injury (could relate to)."

Uehara had shoulder issues in Texas two years ago and ended missing 2 1/2 months, in part because he suffered a setback during his rehab.

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John Farrell spoke with MLB official Tony La Russa about the replay issues that impacted the team Saturday and Sunday in New York.

"We talked about the early stages of the system that's in place and some of the adjustments that we're all going through, whether it's the interpretation of the replays and how it's affecting us and our decision-making on the field," said Farrell. "We're in those growing pains right now.

"I can't say that there's going to be any adjustments or changes based on what we've experienced over the weekend, but overall it was a good conversation.''

Farrell said it was "hard to have much faith in the system'' after Sunday's game and a New York Daily News report said Farrell would be fined for his remarks.

"I read the same report,'' said Farrell. "I've not heard anything direct, but I guess I would say I'm expecting some sort of fine to be levied.''

La Russa told ESPN.com Monday that Farrell's assertion that umpires would consider an out recorded once a ball had entered a first baseman's glove was incorrect, but Farrell repeated his claim.

"We talked about that and a few other things,'' said Farrell. "But I still stand by what I said. While I understand that umpires are schooled to hear the ball hitting the back of the glove while they're looking at the foot and its placement as it relates to the bag, when we were educated about the review process and the timing of those two events, there's a point in time when [the ball] is in the glove that is considered a catch and I have to by what we were instructed on.''

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Outfielder Shane Victorino (hamstring) was due to begin a rehab assignment at Double A Portland, but cold weather and rain back in New England could alter that schedule.

"We're having to adjust right now,'' said Farrell.

Victorino ran the bases at Fenway on Sunday and continues to get treatment.

The Sox believe Victorino could be ready with just two or three rehab games, but finding someplace near Boston, where he can be monitored by medical director Dan Dyrek.

"We're just kind of waiting for the weather to break and get him on the field,'' said Farrell.