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Fernandez, Thornton on IR

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  November 9, 2007 12:31 PM

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Manny Fernandez (left knee strain) and Shawn Thornton (broken foot) have been placed on injured reserve.

There is no timetable on Fernandez's return. Thornton will miss 4-6 weeks.

Fernandez was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 30, when he sustained his injury. The move was made to clear roster space for more defensive help from Providence in case Ference or Allen are unable to play tomorrow. Each team is allowed a maximum of 23 players on its big-league roster. The Bruins currently have 22 active roster players. The transaction is not meant to indicate a setback in Fernandez's progress. Despite being on IR, Fernandez's $4.33 million cap hit counts against Boston's number.

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