Red Sox notes: Dlugach dislocates left shoulder

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Red Sox notes: Dlugach dislocates left shoulder

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brent Dlugach was a distinct longshot to make the Red Sox 25-man roster at the start of the season. Now, whatever slim hope he had is gone, too.

Dlugach, a utility infielder, suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he charged a pop-up bunt in the fifth inning Tuesday and his momentum sent him to the ground, where he landed on the shoulder.

He left the field holding the shoulder in place and was examined soon after by a member of the Minnesota Twins' medical staff.

"You could tell right away that he was injured," said Terry Francona after the Red Sox blanked the Twins, 5-0. "We feel bad. The kid was coming in, trying to show what he can do. He dove on a bunt, made a real nice play. We're going to have to some follow-up to see the severity of it.''

Dlugach was to undergo a scan of the shoulder Tuesday night and again Wednesday morning.

The injury was the culmination of a rough week for the infielder. He was drilled in the backside during live batting practice Sunday before committing two errors and hitting into two double plays in Monday's win before the injury struck Tuesday.

Jonathan Papelbon looked sharp in his Grapefruit League debut, tossing a scoreless 1-2-3 fifth inning in the Red Sox' 2-0 win over Minnesota.

"I was pleased,'' said Papelbon. "It's something that I've taken from the end of the season last year when I was throwing the ball really well and I've been able to take that into this spring. So, I was pleased.''

Two weeks ago, Papelbon said he was already locked into his proper delivery, a rare occurence for him this early in spring.

"I felt as locked in as I'm probably going to get all spring,'' he said, "and hopefully, I'll be able to continue that throughout the spring and into the season.''

After missing most of the second half of last season following surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle, Mike Cameron has had a blistering start this spring. He had a hit and a stolen base Sunday night against the Twins and added two hits in three plate appearances Tuesday.

"Right now,'' said Cameron, "it just feels good to go out and work on baseball things without having to overload the body with so much protection. Now I just go and get the body warmed up and go and play. The biggest thing is the body is starting to respond to certain things and I feel a litle bit stronger.''

"It's nice to see him not having to think before he runs,'' said Francona. "He looks good.''

Jon Lester's early spring starts have been about as efficient as his starts in April most years, which is to say, not very.

But Lester tossed two shutout innings Tuesday in his first spring start and pronounced himself satisfied with the outing.

"I was just glad to get the first one done and over with,'' Lester said. "The first one is always hard - getting in front of a crowd, different hitters . . . so it's good it's over with."

Lefty reliever Dennys Reyes faced hitters on a back field for the first time Tuesday morning and will have another outing Thursday before seeing game action sometime this weekend.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Britton: Red Sox don't have anyone else to call up and pitch

Tim Britton of the Providence Journal joins Michael Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss another poor outing by Eduardo Rodriguez and what other options the Red Sox have at pitcher.

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

Quotes, notes and stars: E-Rod, Red Sox 'capable of more'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 13-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays: 

 

QUOTES

"The bottom line is, he's capable of more, we're capable of more. We need to get better and we had a chance to share that after the game here tonight. We collectively have to get better.'' - John Farrell on Eduardo Rodriguez and the rest of the Red Sox.

"We can't continue to expect our offense to climb out of holes, as we've been. We've got to set the tone and lead the way from the mound more than we are.'' - Farrell on falling behind early.

"Yeah, I think guys are playing hard. I mean, hell, our shortstop ran a 3.9 down the line in the ninth inning, down seven runs - then went first-to-third. So, yeah, that was pretty cool.'' - Dustin Pedroia, asked whether he was satisfied with the effort of the club.

"Do you honestly think I'm going to tell you that? I was talking to him about baseball. That's basically it. I talk to all my teammates every day.'' - Pedroia, when asked what he said in a mound visit with Rodriguez.

 

NOTES

* The 13 runs allowed by the Red Sox tied a season-high and the 18 hits were the most they've given up this season.

* The Red Sox have been outscored 22-0 in the first innings of their last 15 games.

* The Sox dropped to 4 1/2 games back in the American League East, their biggest deficit of the season.

* On the current road trip, Red Sox starters have combined for a 13.20 ERA.

* Boston has allowed first-inning runs in six of their last eight games.

* David Ortiz collected his 1,703rd RBI, passing Reggie Jackson and moving into 24th place all-time.

* Sandy Leon (two-run homer) has five extra-base hits in 29 at-bats this season. Last year, he had two in 114 at-bats.

* Bryce Brentz had his first three-hit game, first multi-RBI game and first multi-extra-base hit game of his career.

 

STARS

1) Nick Franklin

Franklin, making just his second start of the season, had a career-high five RBI with three hits, including his first homer since last Sept. 15.

2) Logan Forsythe

From the leadoff position, Forsythe banged out three hits, knocked in three runs and scored two to pace the Tampa Bay offense.

3) Evan Longoria

It wouldn't be a series between these two teams without Longoria doing some major damage. The veteran third baseman had three hits and two runs scored as part of the conga line that was the Rays lineup.