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Injuries Continue To Plague Red Sox

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Dustin Pedroia (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Dustin Pedroia (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

By MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is
headed back to Boston on Thursday to have his sore right knee
examined, and his status is uncertain.

It was the latest piece of bad news for the Red Sox on a painful
day. Boston reliever Bobby Jenks was placed on the 15-day disabled
list again Wednesday with tightness in his back and catcher Jarrod
Saltalamacchia was sent to the hospital because he was feeling
sick.

Jenks left Tuesday night’s game against the New York Yankees
after throwing only four pitches in the seventh inning and said it
was a flare-up of an injury he had early in his career, though he
didn’t think he would be sidelined long.

The right-hander had an MRI exam Wednesday and Boston put him on
the DL before the 7:05 p.m. game.

Jenks was on the disabled list from May 2-30, missing 27 games
with a strained right biceps. Since being activated, he had put
together four scoreless outings.

The former White Sox closer has struggled in his first season
with Boston, going 2-2 with a 6.57 ERA in 15 appearances. He has 11
walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 1-3 innings, and opponents are
batting .340 against him.

Jenks signed a $12 million, two-year contract in the offseason
to be Jonathan Papelbon’s setup man.

Boston recalled catcher Luis Exposito from Triple-A Pawtucket to
provide insurance behind the plate. Saltalamacchia began feeling
ill Wednesday and was sent to the hospital to make sure he has
nothing more than the flu, manager Terry Francona said.

“They ruled out anything besides intestinal turmoil, which is
good news,” Francona said after his team’s 11-6 victory over the
Yankees. “He might have had food poisoning. He was just good,
old-fashioned sick.”

Jason Varitek started behind the plate, teamed with
knuckleballer Tim Wakefield for the first time since 2005. Varitek
has caught Wakefield in relief outings during that span, but the
Red Sox captain had not started a game with Wakefield on the mound
in six years.

Boston shortstop Jed Lowrie also had an MRI on his sore left
shoulder. It came back clean and he should play Thursday night
against CC Sabathia, Francona said.

“We’ve got a lot going on right now,” the manager said before
the game. “We’re kind of scrambling here a little bit.”
Marco Scutaro started at shortstop Wednesday for the second
consecutive game. Scutaro was activated from the disabled list
Tuesday after missing 26 games with a strained muscle on his left
side.

Francona also said left-hander Franklin Morales “did really
well” in a 35-pitch side session Monday and was slated to throw
again Wednesday. He could start a minor league rehab assignment
soon.

Morales, acquired last month from Colorado, is on the DL with a
strained left forearm.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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