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Red Sox considering major changes to medical staff

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 15, 2011 10:07 PM

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MILWAUKEE — Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said the process of restructuring the team’s medical department would start with finding an ideal model then determining whether any of the current staff would fit.

“I feel strongly that there will be people that were here in 2011 as part of our medical department that will still be here as part of the solution,” he said.

But that is not expected to include Dr. Tom Gill.

As part of the restructuring, team sources said, the Red Sox will eliminate the position of medical director, which Gill has held since 2005. But they would retain the services of Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Medicine Group, which Gill directs.

Gill could be involved in medical care to some degree. But a different doctor from MGH would be the head team physician.

The Sox have had a number of issues related to medical care in the last two seasons. Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz are among the players who were originally said to have minor injuries that proved to be major when they were examined by outside physicians.

The Sox have already fired strength and conditioning coach Dave Page and assistant trainer Greg Barajas.

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