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Scutaro given the night off
Receives injection for pinched nerve
After suffering from elbow and neck pain, shortstop Marco Scutaro received a nerve root injection in his neck Monday, a day off for the Red Sox. The injury has sapped Scutaro of the strength in his left arm, not allowing him to lift weights. While the Sox thought an initial injection of cortisone in his elbow would relieve the issue, they determined that the pinched nerve in his neck was the source of the problem.
“We all play with pains and stuff like that,’’ Scutaro said. “We just pretty much have pain everywhere every day. And then when the game starts, you start feeling better, stuff like that. Later in the night when you go to bed, it gets a little worse and then the next morning is totally bad. That’s pretty much the routine every day.’’
Scutaro, who wanted to start last night but was replaced by Bill Hall, is likely to be back in the lineup tonight against the Diamondbacks.
“I think just talking to all the medical people, it sounded like if we could give him one more day to let everything work, he would be better off long-term, so that’s what we’ll do,’’ said manager Terry Francona.
Asked if he might need another shot at some point this season, Scutaro said, “Hopefully [this was] the last one.’’
“He’s been really good about not complaining about it,’’ Francona said. “So if it’s been bothering him, which I don’t doubt, he hasn’t said much.
“He really likes to play. I think he’s afraid if he says something to us, we won’t play him. He’s been doing a good job with the medical people, keeping it under control, but I think we kind of pointed to this day off to get it done.’’
Filling in for Scutaro at shortstop, Hall made one of the better defensive plays of the game. Hall snagged a ball behind the second-base bag to end the seventh inning.
“Very valuable,’’ Francona said of his utilityman. “He’s given us a lot of flexibility. With guys being hurt or nicked up, he’s been able to play left, right, center, second, short. Third’s probably his best position, we haven’t put him over there.’’
“Friday’s a TBA,’’ Francona said before the game. “We’re going to give everybody an extra day’s rest. It’s not going to be a bullpen day.
“It won’t be Billy Hall.’’
Doubront is scheduled to start for the PawSox Friday.
Friday’s start would be in place of Daisuke Matsuzaka, who went on the DL with a forearm strain Saturday. Matsuzaka spent yesterday doing his shoulder program and cardio before going outside to play catch.
“I think he’s feeling pretty good,’’ Francona said. “The throwing will certainly be a little bit of a gauge on where he is.’’
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