Busy day here.
Jeremy Hermida is on the DL with five fractured ribs (see Francona comments later in this report) after undergoing an MRI at Mass. General Hospital. He's now the second outfielder (Jacoby Ellsbury) to fall victim to an Adrian Beltre collision.
In other moves, reliever Joe Nelson was designated for assignment and said if he clears waivers and has to return to the minors he's likely thrown his last pitch. He also offered he's very emotional at the moment and that he's mad at himself because the Red Sox gave him every opportunity.
Scott Atchison has been recalled from Pawtucket and Jonathan Papelbon has been reinstated from the bereavement list and is ready to pitch tonight.
Dustin Pedroia was examined today and his knee received good news with no structural damage. "We all see how he plays but for him to go out there and no he's not going to hurt himself is good."
"Five ribs show fractures," Francona said of Hermida. "We spoke to him when he came in and we're going to DL him and we'll go at the pace he can tolerate. It's eerily similar to...Beltre is going to take out the entire outfield. We'll to let that heal a little bit. He was actually feeling better today, but we want to slow it down a little bit and not have it be one step froward, two back."
"We won't do baseball activities until he's ready. Saying that, the best case scenario is it could even be THREE or FOUR days. This is a guy who played the other day, felt worse after he played, and then today felt better. The way it was explained to me - and I have more knowledge on this stuff than I really want - it's kind of like a deep bone bruise. When people hear fracture you think of a broken leg. That's really not what it is. It's painful to deal with, we all know, but it's a non-displaced, so it's like a deep bone bruise. You go as tolerated. If he works out today and it makes him sore, that's not what we want., So we just try to use the judgment. I think (Dr.) Tom Gill uses the word milestones a lot. So we'll keep watching for those milestones and get him back. When that is we don't know.
"It comes back to symptoms," Francona added. "He's safe to play. He's safe to play right now. That doesn't mean you can play or should play. we're going to let him heal a biut so he feels better."
Francona said Kevin Youkilis, who left Thursday's game in Cleveland with back spasms is "pretty good. A little stiff. He did a good job of getting hismelf out of there. Maybe that's something he wouldn't have done in the past, play through and then cost him three or four days. I'm pretty sure he'll be fine for tomorrow."
Nelson was 0-0 with a 9.72 ERA with a WHIP of 2.40. That's not very good. He allowed four runs in Cleveland on Wednesday and six runs in his last two outings on, after allowing none in his first three outings.
'I've been sitting in my chair all day waiting for Tito to come grab me," Nelson said. "I saw it coming. In all likelihood if I clear waivers, I've thrown my last pitch. That's emotion talking right now. I'll probably re-analyze it. I'm disappointed, but I had every opportunity. As a whole, you've got to perform. They gave me every chance.I didn't make pitches. There is no hard feelings in the world against Red Sox. Every day I had up here was a blessing."
Josh Beckett continues to progress with back soreness.
Francona said he played on the 1986 Cubs with tonight's starter for the Phillies, Jamie Moyer.