Green still in limbo; Francona takes in some NFL
Shortstop Nick Green remains back in Boston doing rehab work with physical therapist Scott Waugh. In fact, the Red Sox told him not to join the team in New York this weekend so he can keep focusing on his non-baseball activities.
Green has what is believed to be a disc issue in his back that had been causing a “dead leg” type of numbness in his right side.
The Red Sox need to determine whether Green can get himself back in time to be on the postseason roster. Boston is a little deep when it comes to backup infielders. Jed Lowrie would be an ideal candidate to fill Green’s spot, but his surgically repaired left wrist is still not 100 percent. Veteran Chris Woodward was brought to the team earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Tim Wakefield will pitch Tuesday night agianst the Blue Jays.
Francona and some of his staff members went to Chiefs practice earlier today. Scott Pioli, the former general manager of the Patriots, is now running the show in KC. Francona and Pioli have a good relationship because of a mutual friend — Indians general manager Mark Shapiro.
What was that like?
“It was a different hour. I wish I could have stayed more, it was fun. It was a different mentality than we’re used to, I really enjoyed it,” Francona said.
How was it different? .
“Well, they’re 300 pound men trying to kill each other in practice, we’re taking grounders getting ready for a game,” laughed Francona.
Did he bring along fiery second baseman Dustin Pedroia for some tough talk?
“I’m not going to embarrass the organization,” quipped Francona.