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Wells guarantees he'll make next start

Miller scheduled for surgery; Kapler goes under knife

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. --Red Sox pitcher David Wells will be examined today by a Tampa Bay team doctor and will most likely receive a cortisone injection in his inflamed right knee either tonight or tomorrow. Wells, who lasted just 2 2/3 innings last night, guarantees that he will make his next start Sunday in Baltimore.

Pitcher Wade Miller visited with Dr. Craig Morgan (no relation to the former Sox team physician Bill Morgan), a noted shoulder specialist in Wilmington, Del. During the consultation, Miller committed to having surgery on his right labrum. Dr. Craig Morgan will conduct that surgery a week from Thursday. The extent of repairs necessary to Miller's shoulder won't entirely be known until Dr. Morgan opens the shoulder for surgery, therefore the timetable is virtually unknown.

Meanwhile, outfielder Gabe Kapler was undergoing surgery on his ruptured left Achilles' tendon this afternoon in Los Angeles, according to manager Terry Francona.

In other news, Alex Cora is in the lineup at second base replacing Tony Graffanino, who injured his left groin last night. "I don't think he's going to be available for the next couple of nights," Francona said.

Outfielder Trot Nixon is back in the lineup tonight and is feeling a little bit better after falling ill. He received two bags of IV fluid last night.

Tonight’s Red Sox lineup:

1. Johnny Damon, CF

2. Edgar Renteria, SS

3. David Ortiz, DH

4. Manny Ramirez, LF

5. Trot Nixon, RF

6. Jason Varitek, C

7. John Olerud, 1B

8. Bill Mueller, 3B

9. Alex Cora, 2B

Curt Schilling, P

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