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Between games at Fenway: Lowell's rib, Youkilis talks Manny

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  September 4, 2010 04:50 PM

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Mike Lowell broke a rib in a coliision with Toronto infielder John McDonald on August 20. He had some discomfort that led to an x-ray in Tampa last weekend followed by an MRI and CT scan on Friday.

Lowell addressed the media a while ago and said he'll play through it. Lowell, who has been through cancer treatments and major hip surgery isn't about to let a broke rib keep him out of the lineup.

"As long as I can go out there and do what I need to do, I'm playing," hel said.

Lowell said he's not getting much sleep; it hurts to breath at times, but he's been playing with it and will continue.

It's Lowell's call whether he wants to play. The Sox medical staff got Jeremy Hermida playing in the normal five weeks for five fractured ribs. Jacoby Ellsbury still has soreness in one posterior rib many weeks after re-injuring it and can not play.

The Sox limited Clay Buchholz to 95 pitches and five innings in the opener, a 3-1 loss to the White Sox because they'd like to bring him back Wednesday. Buchholz got his pitch total up in a hurry yesterday with some good at-bats by White Sox hitters. It didn't matter as John Danks was superb over seven innings, allowing six hits and one run.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia is getting a Game 2 start behind the dish.

Jason Varitek will go on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket (vs. Syracuse) tomorrow and likely catch four or five innings and then DH on Monday. His foot was re-examined and a new CT scan was taken on Friday. Varitek was told he's going at his own risk, but that he should be OK. Varitek wants to do it.

Before the game, Kevin Youkilis commented on Manny Ramirez' apology to him after a dugout incident in 2008 when he went after Youkilis for showing emotion and throwing his helmet.

"Yeah, he did apologize," acknowledged Youkilis. "That was a long time ago. That was old news. I know you guys are going to make a lot about it. I think we were just talking at first base. We were just talking about it."

Did Youkilis see all of Ramirez' comments?

"I donít know all what he said. I just know that (director of media relations) Pam (Ganley) contacted me to say that everyone is going to want to talk about this. I think if thereís something on his back and shoulders that he wanted to get out, thatís a good thing he said. Maybe he had something and felt bad. I donít know exactly all he said. Hopefully that will kind of take something off his shoulders.

"Manny doesnít like to talk about a lot of stuff. He likes to keep things personal. Maybe thatís something he had to get out, get off his shoulders, express to people.

"That wasnít the first (incident). Thereís stuff that goes on here all the time. You would never have heard that from me anyways. It is what it is. Manny and I were cool after that anyways. It wasnít a big deal. Things happen. For me, it was just one of those things, off the bat, I said, ĎManny, no worries, man.í

Should Manny have apologized to traveling secretary Jack McCormick, who he leveled with a punch?

ďI donít know if heís had the opportunity or if he doesnít feel apologetic. If heís apologizing, Manny would have definitely probably apologized for something like that if he felt like he was wrong and at fault. But itís not for me to judge what happened there and transpired so I canít comment on that whole Jack situation," Youkilis said.

"I have more stuff in my life to worry about than getting angry at someone in here. Thereís so much stuff you have to do in a season to prepare yourself."

Asked about whether gave his all for the team, Youkilis said, "Oh, Manny definitely tried for the team a lot of times. I donít recall every situation what he did and didnít do. There were some days he probably wasnít feeling 100 percent and probably didnít run out stuff, things like that. But heís not the only guy in the league who does that. You donít run out things sometimes.

"You donít know. He could be injured. When superstars donít run out stuff or are a little lackadaisical, theyíre always under the microscope a little bit more than a player who isnít a superstar. I think everything was magnified, whatever Manny did was always put out a different way.

"To say I was angry at Manny, no. It was disappointing that he wanted to leave. We wanted to win another World Series. On the other hand, it was a great thing, too, because Jason Bay came here, had a great year, did a lot for us, too, so you canít be too mad. Itís part of the business. Itís a business thing. In this game or this business, itís not about being selfish by looking out for yourself, but us as players, I canít worry about what guys to my left or right are doing all the time. Iíve got to take flips, Iíve got to go to the training room to get ready. Thatís one thing Iím worried about more and more, youíve got to take care of your own. When things come about that need to be addressed, you address them. You canít be angry with guys all the time. You canít be upset. Back four or five years ago, I probably would have gotten angry at stuff like that. But now Iím to the point where I just donít get as angry at that stuff.

"I think guys were frustrated because they didnít understand why he wanted to leave.
Thereís a lot of frustrations all the time. It doesnít have to deal with just Manny or whatever. If youíre here for 162 games in the same room with 25 guys, thereís all kinds of stuff that happens. The whole Manny thing, leaving here, none of us, it happened, it was over with. Manny went to another team and did great for that other team. Like I said, we got Jason Bay in here and he did great for us.

"Would we have won a World Series with Manny? I donít know. We didnít win one with the team we had. This year, what Iíve seen is one player doesnít make or break your season. One player doesnít win the World Series by himself.

"At that time, he wanted to leave, so it was mainly if he was going to leave and get traded. We wanted closure on the fact that if he was going to stay here and be a part of this team or if he was going to go somewhere else. Thatís I think how it always is around the trade deadline, and you hear the rumors and all the stuff going on, guys are going to be traded, you just want closure.

"And after July 31st, thatís what usually happens. Teams start getting hot because youíve got closure, these are your guys, youíre playing with these guys and you go on and move on, whether it be a pitcher, position player or whatever, you just move on and play. I think thatís what happened that year, too. Jason Bay came in and we knew what team we had."

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