Scutaro waits patiently while on the DL

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Scutaro waits patiently while on the DL

By JessicaCamerato
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- It has been over two weeks since Marco Scutaro was placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. Sixteen days later, he still hasn't figured out how to bide his time.

"Its just boring, just watching the games all day and doing nothing," he said. "I walk around like crazy. I eat sunflower seeds like crazy too, stuff like that."

Scutaro isn't used to having all this down time. The shortstop had suffered injuries before, but not like this. One move during batting practice landed him in a place he had avoided his entire career -- the disabled list.

"This thing, it was just one swing in the second or third round of batting practice," he recalled. "My body was loose and everything. Its just one of those things, I dont know, it just came out of nowhere."

At 35 years old, Scutaro finds himself trying to adjust to being unable to play the sport that been part of his daily routine for as long as he can remember. After taking 3,441 Major League at bats since 2002, he will have to wait a little longer for number 3,442.

"Theres nothing I can do, just treatment and stuff like that, Scutaro said. Its not really one of those injuries were you can play through it because probably its going to bother you the whole year. So you just take it easy and dont rush it, just wait. I feel like I can play right now, but they told me if you irritate it again, youll probably lose at least two months.

What's more frustrating than the injury itself is the fact that Scutaro feels good most of the time. He knows, though, that he isnt healthy enough to make the swinging motion that has become second-hand nature to him. Manager Terry Francona said he hoped Scutaro would be able to begin taking swings during their road trip, but he has not been cleared yet.

"When you sneeze, you feel a pinch," Scutaro explained. "When you laugh or put pressure on your core it hurts. But right now, taking ground balls and stuff like that, I dont feel it at all. Its only when I swing."

As strong as Scutaros urge is to play, he is doing his best to stay patient while the injury heals. He said his teammates have offered encouragement and reminded him that he could hurt himself even more if he rushed back too soon.

So Scutaro waits. And walks around. And eats a lot of sunflower seeds.

Yet amid the frustration and anxiousness, he manages to keep a good attitude about it all.

Its my time to be on the DL, I guess, after 16 years, he says, knowing his next at bat will come if he waits.

Jessica Camerato is on Twitter athttp:twitter.comjcameratoNBAShe can bereached at jessicacamerato@gmail.com.

What we learned in Red Sox' 4-0 loss to Rays

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What we learned in Red Sox' 4-0 loss to Rays

David Price is embarrassed and the offense is embarrassing, Those are some of the takeaways from Wednesday's loss.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Price's struggles 'crushing me right now'

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays:

QUOTES
"I'm so much better than this. I've just got to get better. It's crushing me right now, but I'll get there." -- David Price

"I've just got to pitch better. That's what it is right now. It's not something else. It's not bad luck. It's me, so I've got to get better." -- Price

"We had the big opportunity with David [Ortiz] and Hanley [Ramirez] in the middle of the order and bases loaded, one out. Figure that's the time we can cash in. But that wasn't the case.'' -- John Farrell on a blown opportunity in the sixth inning

"It got a little worse; the best choice was to come out of the game.'' -- Hanley Ramirez, who left in the eighth with a strained back

NOTES
-- Jackie Bradley Jr., thrown out trying to swipe third base in the fifth, was caught stealing for the first time in his career, having been successful in his first 20 atttempts.

-- David Ortiz has reached base safely in 20 straight games.

-- The shutout suffered by the Red Sox was the first since April 19 -- also against Tampa Bay.

-- The loss marked only the third time this season that the Red Sox didn't collect an extra-base hit.

-- Boston is 2-7 agains the Rays in the last nine meetings between the two.

-- The Sox are now 5-10 against lefty starters this season.

-- David Price dropped to 1-3, 6.52 in five career starts against the Rays.

-- Price has allowed 57 earned runs this season, or three fewer than all of last year.

-- Price has allowed at least one homer in nine straight starts, a career-high streak.

STARS
1) Brandon Guyer: Activated earlier Wednesday after a DL stint for a hamstring strain, Guyer made his presence felt with a solo homer to lead off the second, then added a run-scoring double as part of the three-run third.

2) Matt Moore: The lefty entered the game with a bloated 5.04 ERA, but tamed the Red Sox with seven shutout innings. He didn't allow a base hit until the sixth and yielded just three overall.

3) Logan Forsythe: Forsythe smoked a double off Price to lead off the Tampa Bay first inning, signaling that it might be a long afternoon for the Red Sox lefty. He later singled and scored in the third.