Wednesday, May 6

Around the Injury Horn

It's been a while since we collected together all the Sox injury woes. Unfortunately, there's plenty to talk about on this front.

---Jacoby Ellsbury, who left last night's game with a tight right hamstring, is listed as day-to-day. The Sox don't seem particularly concerned, but thought it best to sit the kid tonight and give the hammie a day to rest. So far, no one seems to be treating this as anything more than a tweak. (Knock on wood.)

---Youk and his "lower left side" are in roughly the same position. Day to day, with a possibility that he could be back in the lineup before the weekend series with Tampa Bay.

---Rocco Baldelli is anyone's guess. The Sox seem extremely hesitant to say anything definitive on his condition. So, could be a while, could be this weekend.

---Mark Kotsay has come up from Pawtucket to Boston in order to have his calf inspected by the Sox medical staff. No word yet on his progress.

---Daisuke Matsuzaka had a very encouraging start with Pawtucket yesterday, going 2 and 2/3 innings, giving up 0 runs, 2 hits, and 2 walks on 47 pitches. Sounds pretty much the old Daisuke, right?

---John Smoltz, after having his throwing regime shut down last week due to dead arm, is expected to resume throwing tomorrow. Despite the setback, he is still expected to join the club in June.

---Jerry Remy is on an indefinite leave of absence, NESN announced today, as he focuses on fully recovering from last year's lung-cancer related surgery. Since the operation, Remy has struggled with infection and pneumonia. Here's wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

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