No Pap tonight
The Red Sox were already short-handed in their lineup for the second night in a row, with Kevin Youkilis still out with a bad back and Victor Martinez back home in Cleveland tending to a personal matter. As it turns out, manager Terry Francona also did not have his closer at his disposal for Wednesday’s game.
Jonathan Papelbon, accoring to the Boston Herald’s John Tomase, slipped in the bullpen while warming up on Tuesday and hurt his back. Papelbon closed out that game, giving up a run, citing adrenaline for getting him through the injury.
The ailment is not believed to be serious.
“This is just a one-day thing,” Papelbon told the Herald. “I’ll be back good tomorrow. They’re going to give me the night instead
of pushing the envelope. We’re up six games right now. There’s no
reason for me to go out there and push the envelope when I’m going to
be pushed a lot more. It’s a little minor thing and we’re going to stay on the side of
overly cautious. Now if we were tied in the race, it would be a
different story. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”
Left-hander Billy Wanger has not been cleared to pitch back-to-back nights since joining the Red Sox, so if a save situation presents itself, expect Red Sox manager Terry Francona to go to rookie Daneil Bard.
– Ian Browne