Williamson heads to Boston for MRI on elbow
Sox won't make decision on setup man until they get test results
Red Sox setup man Scott Williamson has been experiencing pain and discomfort in his right elbow and is flying back to Boston today to have it examined.
The team told the Globes Gordon Edes today that Williamson will undergo an MRI on the elbow for precautionary reasons and wont make a determination on whether hell head to the disabled list until seeing the results.
Williamson, whose history of elbow problems dates back to Tommy John surgery in 2001, obviously wont be available to pitch tonight in Tampa. Its also highly doubtful hell be able to pitch in this weekends series against Toronto.
The 28-year-old righty has pitched just 16 innings this season and struggled in his last outing Tuesday, walking two and giving up a run in an inning of work. However, he hasnt surrendered an earned run in 11 of 14 appearances this year.
Williamson isnt the only Red Sox pitcher with aches and pains.
Byung Hyun Kim, who was demoted last week to Triple A Pawtucket, encountered another setback when he reported tightness in his lower back after he threw two innings Tuesday in Durham. Kim is expected to be examined by team medical director Bill Morgan after the PawSox return home tomorrow.
The Globes Gordon Edes and Bob Hohler contributed to this report.