Manny Ramirez and Wily Mo Pena have both returned to Boston so that doctors can come up with a treatment program. Sox GM Theo Epstein said the patellar tendinitis diagnosis on Ramirez is accurate, but while the diagnosis was made by Angels physician Lewis Yokum, the Sox would like their own staff to test him.
Ramirez had a long talk with Terry Francona on Tuesday night and told the manager his knee hurt.
Pena has asked the team for a cortisone shot, but the team wants Pena to be checked out by doctors to see if the cortisone injection is the best way to alleviate the pain. Pena said after Tuesday night’s game that his sore left wrist was feeling better.
Epstein said the team discussed placing either Ramirez or Pena on the disabled list, be he still feels the injuries don’t fall into the lengthy category.
*David Wells, the subject of trade talk to the Padres, Dodgers and Cardinals, went back to Boston to prepare for Thursday’s start.
*Jason Varitek (knee), Trot Nixon (biceps) and Alex Gonzalez (oblique)will begin rehab assignments for Pawtucket starting Thursday. Nixon will DH Thursday and Saturday and play right field on Friday. Varitek will play partial games Friday and Saturday and Gonzalez will play Friday and Saturday.
*Kason Gabbard was sent back to Pawtucket to make room for newly-acquired Mike Burns, who was available in Boston’s bullpen tonight.