ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Mark Kotsay, who was in his second rehab game with the PawSox this afternoon, suffered a setback as he attempts to return from January back surgery. But this time it was his calf. The first baseman/outfielder today re-aggravated a calf strain that had first occurred in extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.
The injury happened when Kotsay was running down the first base line on a groundout in the third inning. He was removed from the game before the top of the fourth inning. Kotsay had been playing centerfield, his first game playing defense since going on his rehab stint.
This morning, manager Terry Francona had estimated that Kotsay might need 20 to 25 at bats before he would be ready to return to the Red Sox. But that figure might be in jeopardy based on this latest setback. General manager Theo Epstein said this afternoon that Kotsay would be re-evaluated tomorrow as the team determines the extent of the injury.
Kotsay was 0-for-2 before coming out of the game.