Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

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Notes: Matsuzaka returns from meeting surgeon

By SeanMcAdam and DannyPicard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in California Tuesday afternoon and then returned to Boston, where he will huddle with the Red Sox to map out a course of action.

Matsuzaka has been sidelined for two weeks with an elbow strain. He spent last weekend in his native Japan taking care of some business affairs before returning to the U.S. Monday.

The Red Sox medical staff has prescribed rest and rehab for Matsuzaka, hoping that will enable him to return in the second half of the season.

There remains an outside possibility Matsuzaka may require Tommy John surgery, since a sprain in the elbow ligament is actually a small tear.

It's believed Yocum also recommended a course of rest and rehab Tuesday, though the Sox will wait for Matsuzaka to return to Fenway before going through all the options.

The Red Sox made it interesting Tuesday night as thebats came alive in the final two innings of an eventual 10-7 loss to theChicago White Sox.Red Sox manager Terry Francona put Josh Reddick, DrewSutton, and Mike Cameron into the lineup in a 10-1 game in the top of theseventh, replacing Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, and Carl Crawford.Cameron went 0-for-2, but Reddick and Sutton combined forthree RBI and two runs scored in the eighth and ninth. Combine their late-gameproduction at the plate with David Ortiz three-run home run, and the Red Soxwent from being down 10-1, to having the tying run on-deck with Adrian Gonzalezat the plate in the bottom of the ninth.But it was all for naught, as Gonzalez was called out onstrikes to end the game.Its not going to help us in the standings, said Francona,about his teams late offense. But we made them use a couple pitchers. Maybeit will help us on Wednesday. The Red Sox did score one run earlier than the eighthinning on Tuesday night, thanks to Jason Variteks solo home run to lead offthe bottom of the third inning.Varitek who said he was just being aggressive ripped afirst-pitch fastball into the White Sox bullpen, marking both the Red Soxfirst run, and hit, of the game, cutting Chicagos lead to 5-1 at the time.Hes swinging the bat very well, said Francona. He jumpedon the first pitch for a home run, and battled. His other at-bats, he found acouple of holes. Thats always welcome.

Bobby Jenks pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his firstgame back from the disabled list, allowing two hits, but getting Paul Konerkoto line one right back at him, which Jenks turned into a double play to end theinning, and his night.He threw all strikes, which was really good to see, saidFrancona.
The Red Sox announced that Saturdays game againstthe Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.The move was made because Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruinsand Vancouver Canucks is on at 8 p.m.

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Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

Red Sox trade Shaw, prospects for reliever Thornburg

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Red Sox got the bullpen help they were seeking Tuesday, but it came at a steep price.
     
The Sox obtained righthanded reliever Tyler Thornburg from the Milwaukee Brewers, but it cost them infielder Travis Shaw, highly regarded shortstop prospect Mauricio Dubon and pitching prospect Josh Pennington, according to an industry source.

In Thornburg, 28, the Red Sox get a hard-throwing reliever whom they control for the next three seasons. He became the Brewers' closer after the trade deadline last year and recorded 13 saves while posting a 2.15 ERA and avergaing 12.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
    
He will serve as the Red Sox' primary set-up option to get to closer Craig Kimbrel.
     
One potential issue for Thornburg is that he's dealt with some elbow issues in the recent past. As recently as 2014, it was thought that he might require Tommy John surgery, but he instead underwent PRP (platelt rich plasma) treatment and has remained healthy.

Given that the last set-up reliever obtained by Dombrowski, Carson Smith, underwent Tommy John surgery last season, Thornburg's injury history raises a caution flag.

In dealing Shaw, the Red Sox are now expecting Pablo Sandoval to be their primary third baseman -- at least in the near term.

Sandoval missed all but a few games in 2016 with a shoulder injury and his conditioning has been an issue since signing with the Red Sox two years ago.

The Red Sox have Brock Holt to help out at third in 2017, with both Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers waiting in the wings.

Dubon is the second top prospect to be dealt by Dombrowski in the last 13 months. He included Javier Guerra in a package with three other prospects to obtain Kimbrel in November of 2015.

Dubon posted a .912 OPS in half a season at Portland last year and recently played in the Arizona Fall League. He has limited power, but strong athleticism and makes good contact.

Pennington is 20, a hard-throwing (94-98 mph) righthander who could profile either as a late-inning weapon or a starter. He's years away from the big leagues and has already undergone Tommy John surgery.

The Boston Herald was the first to report that the teams had made a trade. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com was the first to report the details.

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.