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News Archive for July 1-15, 2001
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Sunday, July 15, 2001

Fact: Sox need ace for pennant chase
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

The obvious truth is that we really don't know when Pedro Martinez is coming back, or if he will return at all, and even then there are no guarantees. After all, the Red Sox do not merely need Martinez if they are to make a run at their first world title in 83 years. They need a healthy Martinez, the Martinez of old, the winner of two consecutive Cy Young Awards and three in the last four years.

Pedro & Co. return to Hub
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

While the rest of the team traveled to Montreal for a three-game series against the Expos beginning this afternoon, pitchers Pedro Martinez and Frank Castillo, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, center fielder Carl Everett and third baseman John Valentin headed back to Boston. Trainer Chris Correnti accompanied the disabled players, who will continue their rehabilitation at Fenway Park.

Pedro's injury could be final straw
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal

For the first 87 games, they were the killer from the slasher movie who wouldn't die. Just when it seemed one more infirmity would spell their end, the Red Sox, indefatigable, kept going.

Theories floated: Will Sox sink or swim?
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

So, what chance do the Red Sox have of remaining in the race if Pedro Martinez is out until Sept. 1?

''I think they're done,'' said one major league executive. ''... But if they're still in it without Pedro, then maybe they're the greatest team that ever played.'' ...

Mark Shapiro, the assistant general manager of the Cleveland Indians who already has been announced as John Hart's successor: ''They've already defied all logic. Everything you wouldn't want to happen to your team has happened to them. ... But considering everything they've already survived, I would never say they're out of it without Pedro.''

Here's The Pitch: Don't Swing
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant

The only thing that would have been funnier than watching portly reliever Rich Garces swing the bat would be watching him run the bases. Because neither happened Friday night, Dante Bichette called it the most disappointing moment of the season.

Saberhagen fighting back from shoulder injury
Associated Press

Boston Red Sox right-hander Bret Saberhagen will make a rehabilitation start for the team's Double-A affiliate in Trenton, N.J., on Sunday [against the Portland Sea Dogs].

Red Sox won't use laundry list of injuries as excuse
Associated Press

Nomar Garciaparra walked around the batting cages, fresh off a 15-swing test of his surgically repaired right wrist. Jason Varitek, his baby girl cradled in his left arm and a metal brace on his right, sat in the dugout talking to Carl Everett.

Case of mistaken identity
Tom Farrey and Willie Weinbaum,

Rolando Viera In the 50-round draft, the Red Sox used a seventh-round pick on Viera, the intriguing left-hander that no teams had gotten a chance to scout or contact since he arrived in the U.S. in late April. There is just problem with (Ray) Poitevint's scouting report. Viera said he has never been to Mexico, nor even played for Cuba's national team.

Magic show -- Red Sox fans will still be cheering come October
Jack McCallum,

I think this is their year.

Future File

We asked Sports Illustrated's gurus of the game to look into their crystal baseballs.

Tom Verducci
1. Manny Ramirez will miss the Triple Crown by three hits. ... Ichiro Suzuki will edge Manny for the batting title.

Jeff Pearlman
1. The Marlins will win the NL East.
3. Rick Ankiel will return to St. Louis ... as a hitter.
5. Boston will win only 85 games. Sorry, Beantown. It's getting too hot for Red Sox. They'll wither in the second-half heat.

Stephen Cannella
2. Manny Ramirez won't hit. But only because no one will pitch to him. Ramirez already has 20 intentional walks, putting him in line to break the AL single-season record of 33, set by Ted Williams in 1957.
3. Luis Gonzalez will be NL MVP.
5. Pedro Martinez won't win the Cy Young award.


Saturday, July 14, 2001

Bat on shoulder
Bill Ballou, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Rich Garces got to bat last night. Or, at least, to stand in the batter's box. He wound up taking what amounted to an intentional strikeout against Mets reliever Rick White. “They asked me what I wanted to do,” Garces said, “and I didn't want to swing the bat. It was pretty good, though, seeing 90-mile-an-hour pitches right down the middle of the plate.”


Friday, July 13, 2001

Pedro out 4 to 6 more weeks
Sean McAdam, Providence Journal

"He's much less tender at this point in time," said Dr. Bill Morgan after the exam. "He shut it down for his upper extremities for the last two weeks. He has good motion. He has no tenderness. His strength is improved from when he left (to go home). (But) at this point in time, he has not been on any strengthening of his shoulder over the last two weeks, so we're going to begin a shoulder program, for the rotator cuff specifically, for 7 to 10 days. When he feels strong enough, we're going to progress him into a graduated throwing program -- long toss, etc., over the next several weeks. ... I think we're looking at 4 to 6 weeks, but again, much of that's going to be dependent on how he responds."

Pedro out 4-6 weeks -- Sox ace, doctor optimistic about return this year
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

Shortly after the Sox resumed the 2001 season with a 4-2 loss against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium, Morgan acknowledged that the inimitable ace of the Red Sox will be out at least an additional month with an injury to his golden right arm. Following the game, Martinez vowed to do everything in his power to return to form before the end of this season, but made no promises.

..."I'm not going to put my career at risk. I'm just going to do whatever I can to get back as soon as possible,'' Martinez continued. "If I feel fine, I'm going to pitch. If not, I'm going to shut it down. So far, it looks like I'm going to pitch. Are you praying?''

Pedro still four to six weeks away from action
Mike Petraglia,

Red Sox Team Doctor Bill Morgan said ace Pedro Martinez is at least a month away from pitching in game competition. ...

"I think we're looking at four to six weeks," Morgan said when asked when the right-hander could return to the Sox rotation. Morgan emphasized that the pitcher would have to progress successfully through several steps before returning. "At this point in time, he has not done any strengthening of his shoulder over the last two weeks. He has done no work on his upper extremities. So, we're going to begin a shoulder [conditioning] program. If his rotator cuff responds to the treatment for seven to 10 days, then we'll progress to a graduated throwing program, long toss, etc."

A wave of bad news -- Martinez sidelined up to 6 more weeks
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

In another jarring blow to the Red Sox, team physician Bill Morgan said last night their franchise pitcher, Pedro Martinez, could be sidelined until Sept. 1, if not longer, by the injury to his right rotator cuff.

A Lost Summer
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant

Dr. Bill Morgan said he is encouraged by the progress Martinez has made since he went on the disabled list June 27. He has not thrown since. "He's much less tender at this point in time," Morgan said. "He's shut it down for his upper extremities over the last two weeks. He's been working on lowers, aerobics. He has good motion. He has no tenderness. His strength has improved from when he left."

Pedro, Red Sox get bad news
Ron Chimelis, Springfield Union-News

If spirit and humor could fix a rotator cuff, Pedro Martinez might be pitching for the Boston Red Sox tonight.

Doc says Pedro may not return till September
Bill Ballou, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Red Sox fans who shudder to think what a summer without Pedro Martinez would be like are about to live their nightmare.

Pedro's status is the only story
Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

Suddenly, nobody can remember what Dan Duquette said about Jimy Williams on his radio show that got everyone so upset.

Mates want new topic
Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

Red Sox players will never get sick of being teammates with Pedro Martinez. But, almost to a man, they're sick of talking about him. More to the point, they are sick of talking about Pedro's ailments.

Pedro out until late August at earliest, Sox doc says
Ben Walker, Associated Press

Pedro Martinez may not pitch again until Sept. 1 because of his ailing right shoulder, an examination showed Thursday in a further setback for the banged-up Boston Red Sox. [Also: espn]

Battered Bosox Amazin'
Joel Sherman, New York Post

Imagine breaking your leg and running faster, chipping a tooth and having a better smile, losing faith in your mate and having a stronger marriage.

Others Need to Do Dirty Work for Red Sox
William C. Rhoden, New York Times

There was encouraging news for Red Sox fans yesterday: the return of shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, pitcher Pedro Martínez and outfielder Carl Everett is on the horizon.

Martínez's Injury Keeps Red Sox Guessing
Jack Curry, New York Times

There were Red Sox in and around the batting cage, Red Sox in the outfield, Red Sox in the bullpen, Red Sox everywhere. It was four hours before last night's game with the Mets, and the Red Sox, the battered, resilient Red Sox, already had about 15 players in uniform who looked ready and able to grind through the second half of the season.

Cone Helps Keep Bosox Riding High
Peter Botte, New York Daily News

David Cone spent the last half-decade on the other side of the Red Sox rivalry with the Yankees, often marveling how Boston seemed to stay afloat in the AL East.

Cone Psyched for Shea Start
Michael Morrissey, New York Post

A lot of people in New York wrote off David Cone last winter, but the veteran right-hander wasn't eager to declare vindication yesterday. More than anything else, Cone was psyched to start a game at his old haunt for the first time in almost a decade. "I pitch every game these days like it's my last start," said Cone, who starts for the Red Sox today.

Pulse Gets Job Done
Michael Morrissey, New York Post

Bases loaded, nobody out and Robin Ventura at the plate. This wasn't how Bill Pulsipher dreamed about his career in Shea Stadium.

Alcantara makes quiet return after ugly incident
Greg Garber,

Israel Cristostomo Alcantara sits alone at a desk in the corner of the Pawtucket Red Sox clubhouse. It is four hours before Thursday night's game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons and the 28-year-old outfielder is autographing baseball cards.

Pay no attention to concept of 'pace'
Mark Kreidler,

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment at which the concept of pace got introduced to the world of sports, but the smart money says it was in the fifth inning of a game between two last-place baseball teams somewhere deep in the heart of August, when a broadcaster ran out of things to say and suddenly burped, "Y'know, at this pace Rawlins is going to wind up throwing 238 pitches in seven innings."

Thus was born a cottage industry built almost entirely upon a fraudulent premise. And nowhere is that notion more forcefully advanced than in baseball, a sport whose sheer scope and grindability (to invent a word) absolutely mocks the idea that a player's pace through the early months of the season could possibly hold up through July, August and September.

Aim for the Head: Walk Rate Spikes
Keith Woolner,

There is a tendency to attribute jumps in batting average as flukes, while praising comparable jumps in walk rate as improved plate discipline. ... In order to determine whether we have a fluke or an actual change in skill we need to define several data points:

1.  an established level of skill
2.  a "spike" season with a sudden and large change in that level
3.  a new level of performance going forward

6-4-3: Derek Jeter's D
Gary Huckabay,

Debates about defense in baseball can be extremely contentious and frustrating. There's very little in the way of a generally accepted canon of evidence upon which people will agree, and a great deal of weight is place on personal observation. That makes it very difficult to question someone's position about a particular player without at least implicitly impugning their observation ability. I've seen grown, mature men nearly come to blows over the defensive prowess of Corey Koskie. Arguments over defense can even ruin a romantic cruise.

Prospectus Awards Balloting

With half the season down and the good half to go, the Baseball Prospectus staff has assembled its mid-season awards. Take these with a few grains of salt, and enjoy the second half of the season. [Includes total votes and writers' individual comments and ballots.]

Art's Notebook
Art Martone, Providence Journal

Thursday's Notebook includes Art's thoughts on a 6-man Sox rotation and "a little explanation about the Trot Nixon/Carl Everett controversy." Included is the original Projo article that ignited the controversy -- but was never placed on the newspaper's website. Art's comments are simply one more reason why his Notebooks are essential reading for any Red Sox or baseball fan.

Media Notes for Red Sox/Mets series (pdf)


Thursday, July 12, 2001

A Second Opinion: Pedro Won't Throw
Hartford Courant

Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, who has spent the past week in the Dominican Republic, is scheduled to join the team today in New York and begin his rehabilitation. He will not throw a baseball.

There was some confusion whether Martinez would begin throwing sooner than originally expected after a story in the Boston Globe on Monday that was picked up by The Courant.

The Boston Globe misidentified the reporter as Enrique Rojas, sports editor for Ultima Hora and a stringer for the Associated Press. The reporter quoted was actually Franklin Mirabel, sports editor for Hoy. Mirabel, one of two reporters to interview Martinez, told Globe reporter Gordon Edes that Martinez was hoping to throw a bullpen session either today or Friday.

Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette refuted the story, telling a Boston television station that Martinez will probably need a couple weeks of strengthening exercises before he throws again. Martinez confirmed that to the Globe. Red Sox officials claim they had no idea Martinez went home last week.

Pedro remains mystery
Ron Chimelis, Springfield Union-News

Perhaps by nightfall, the Boston Red Sox and Pedro Martinez will have a more definite timetable for the ace pitcher's return. The news may not be cause to rejoice, but at least the versions of Martinez and his team may match, giving everyone a better idea of how long the Red Sox will have to compete for the American League East title without him.

Pedro updates simply off the cuff
Michael Gee, Boston Herald

The frenzy of speculation about Martinez' health is a perfectly natural phenomenon. It matters to an entire community. ... So everyone involved with the Red Sox is going to guess how Pedro's feeling. Some of those people are closer to the situation than others, and their guesses end up as stories in the papers, and on radio and TV. And that's fine, as long as we all remember those stories are just guesses, more or less educated ones.

Paying the price in pursuit of fame, fortune
Tom Farrey,

In four decades of communism-style baseball on this island nation, perhaps no pitcher ever has been so gifted as Rolando Viera, a crafty left-hander who pitched for six seasons for the most prominent team, Havana Industriales, at the highest level of Cuban baseball, the National Series. [Viera was drafted by the Red Sox.]

Pay attention to Pedro, Astros in second half
Ken Rosenthal, The Sporting News

Five things to watch in the second half:

2. Pedro Martinez. The date of his return is uncertain, but the Red Sox's next 24 games are against teams with sub-.500 records. After that, they visit the A's, a team one game over .500, and Orioles, a team seven under.

By the time that stretch is complete, it will be Aug. 14. Barring setbacks, Martinez, shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and center fielder Carl Everett all should be recovered by then. And the Red Sox still could enter September in excellent position.

One note of caution, at least with regard to the division race: The Yankees have 12 games remaining against the Devil Rays, the Red Sox only six. The two AL East leaders are a combined 17-3 against Tampa Bay this season.

Ramirez mystery
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Manny Ramirez, who struck out on three pitches against Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks, gave conflicting stories on why he missed Monday's activities.

He told one group of reporters that his grandmother was ''kind of sick,'' another group that his grandmother had died, even going so far as spelling his grandmother's name for one reporter and giving her age to another. He said he felt obligated to come because he was the only Sox representative.

But his agent, Jeff Moorad, and Moorad's associate, Gene Mato, had said nothing about Ramirez's grandmother Monday, when they offered the explanation that Ramirez had skipped the flight the Sox had arranged for him on Sunday night and flew out on a private plane on Monday in order to tend to some personal business that involved a stopover in New York. Yesterday, Ramirez didn't arrive at the ballpark until almost 2:30 p.m. and said that he had flown to Miami, contradicting his agents.

Throwing not in Red Sox' rehab plans for Martínez
Associated Press

Pedro Martínez will be in New York tomorrow with the Red Sox to start strengthening his inflamed right shoulder. But his regimen will not include throwing a baseball.

“He's not going to throw in New York,” general manager Dan Duquette told WBZ-TV. “He's going to strengthen his shoulder for a period of time and, after that, he'll resume his throwing. We're going to be conservative in terms of making sure his shoulder is strong again before he goes out and pitches."

Red Sox look forward to many happy (healthy) returns
Mike Petraglia,

When asked about the hopes of the Red Sox in the second half of the season, veteran slugger Dante Bichette speaks for everyone in the Boston clubhouse.

"The way I look at it, when we get Nomar [Garciaparra], Pedro [Martínez], Carl [Everett] and Jason [Varitek] back, I don't know if there's a team out there that can possibly make a deal to compare with that. I think everyone in here is looking forward to getting those guys back and licking their chops, waiting on what the results will be like."

AL Notebook: Ramirez plays with heavy heart
Justice B. Hill,

Manny Ramirez didn't arrive in Seattle until Tuesday morning. But Ramirez, a five-time All Star, had an excuse that no one could quarrel with -- the death of his grandmother.


Wednesday, July 11, 2001

Bonds isn't about to tailor his 'jacket'
Bob Nightengale, Baseball Weekly

They call them jackets. You're slapped with one the moment you get into baseball. It might be right. It might be completely wrong. But the tag sticks with you.

Cal Ripken is a great guy. Barry Bonds is a bad guy. Tony Gwynn is a saint. John Rocker is the devil. Greg Maddux is a genius. Manny Ramirez is slow. Ellis Burks is a clubhouse leader. Carl Everett is a cancer. Mark McGwire is a clubbie's dream. Sammy Sosa is high-maintenance. Paul O'Neill cares too much. Todd Zeile cares too little.

Wrong or right, fair or unfair, these reputations stick.


Tuesday, July 10, 2001

Pedro will rest: Duquette sets record straight about rehab
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said that there is no truth to a published report that Pedro Martínez will resume throwing on Thursday and could be activated from the disabled list before the end of the month. Contrary to a report in the Boston Globe, Duquette said that Martínez is still weeks away from picking up a baseball because of the rest required for the inflammation in his right rotator cuff.

Pedro: No throws right away
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Pedro Martínez, reached by phone in the Dominican Republic yesterday afternoon ... refuted a report in yesterday's Globe quoting a Dominican writer as saying that Martínez would be throwing a bullpen session in New York upon his return.

''I've been working like a dog,'' Martínez said. ''But I will not be throwing a bullpen [session] or anything. I'm going to get my rehabilitation work done. I will be going over my program on Thursday about the exercises that I have to do. 'I'm going to do my program and see what happens. Right now, I'm doing a lot of work with my lower body and resting my arm, letting the inflammation come down. But I am not exercising my shoulder yet.''

Just A Phase For Pedro
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant

This is what happens when Pedro Martínez disappears to the Dominican Republic and Red Sox officials say they had no idea about the trip. ...

"He is very happy with the way he feels and he says he's going to surprise people," said Enrique Rojas, sports editor of the Ultima Hora. "The swelling in his shoulder has gone down, he's been doing a lot of swimming, and he told me that he will throw a bullpen [session] either Thursday or Friday. If that goes well, he is hoping to pitch again by the following Thursday or Friday."

That contradicts what Duquette said Saturday.

Nomar makes progress, waits for "next step"
Mike Petraglia,

After his longest live batting practice session Sunday at Fenway Park, Nomar Garciaparra said he was feeling better. But the shortstop still didn't want to hazard a guess as to when he would be ready to begin a formal rehab program -- one that would involve playing in games.

... "I took about 30 pitches of [batting practice] today and did pretty good," said Garciaparra, who hit several balls into the screen above the Green Monster. "I've taken the grounders, threw pretty good today. I'm making progress and that's the important thing."

General Manager Dan Duquette said Saturday he anticipated the Red Sox shortstop would begin a rehab program "very shortly" after the All-Star break -- likely either in Pawtucket or Lowell.

Ramirez is a late arrival for the festivities
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Manny Ramirez's All-Star moment came and went without him yesterday. The Red Sox outfielder did not take the Sunday night flight from Boston arranged for him by the Red Sox. He had personal business in Boston and New York to tend to, agent Jeff Moorad said, and flew here yesterday on a private plane with his uncle, according to Moorad's associate, Gene Mato.

Ramirez not at workouts; personal business is cited
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Manny Ramirez, the Boston Red Sox's lone representative to the 72nd All-Star Game, was a no-show yesterday. Ramirez reportedly had personal business at home in Florida to attend to and was expected in last night.

American League Starting Lineup
Ichiro Suzuki, CF, Mariners
Alex Rodriguez, SS, Rangers
Manny Ramirez, LF, Red Sox
Bret Boone, 2B, Mariners
Juan Gonzales, RF, Cleveland
John Olerud, 1B, Mariners
Edgar Martínez, DH, Mariners
Cal Ripken, 3B, Orioles
Ivan Rodriguez, C, Rangers
Roger Clemens, P, Yankees

National League All-Star Lineup
Luis Gonzalez, CF, Arizona
Todd Helton, 1B, Rockies
Barry Bonds, LF, Giants
Sammy Sosa, RF, Cubs
Larry Walker, DH, Colorado
Mike Piazza, C, Mets
Chipper Jones, 3B, Atlanta
Jeff Kent, 2B, Giants
Rich Aurilia, SS, Giants
Randy Johnson, P, Diamondbacks


Monday, July 9, 2001

A curveball on Martínez -- Columnist: Pitcher to throw in bullpen this week
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Something, apparently, may have been lost in the original translation, but the journalist who last week interviewed Pedro Martínez in the Dominican Republic said here yesterday that the Sox ace told him he intends to resume throwing with a bullpen session in New York when the Sox open the second half against the Mets in Shea Stadium Thursday.

Enrique Rojas, the veteran columnist and sports editor of Ultima Hora, a daily newspaper based in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, said Martínez's remarks were misconstrued in wire-service reports of an interview Rojas conducted with Martínez last week.

Nomar Closing In On Return
David Heuschkel, Hartford Courant

Garciaparra will begin a rehab assignment in the minors shortly after the All-Star break. He will probably work out with the Red Sox at Shea Stadium later this week and could begin his rehab with the Double A Trenton Thunder, who are home July 12-19.

Garciaparra shouldn't need to play more than five games in rehab, so he could be activated July 20 and join the team in Chicago for a three-game series against the White Sox. Barring any setbacks, Garciaparra should be back by July 24, when the Red Sox return from an 11-game trip to play Toronto to start a 13-game homestand.

Garciaparra encouraged by progress
Ron Chimelis, Springfield Union-News

"There's still a lot of stuff I have to work on, but to be able to come back today and put in a second straight good, hard workout was encouraging," said Garciaparra, who underwent wrist surgery April 2. "Until now, if I'd had a hard workout one day, there was some soreness the next day.

... A return in July, which has been suggested by general manager Dan Duquette, now seems possible. In the past two weeks, Garciaparra's teammates begun talking openly about his return, a prospect that has eased the sting of some other bad news, notably the injury to Pedro Martínez.

Red Sox Report Card
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

When they left spring training slightly more than three months ago, the Red Sox did so without Nomar Garciaparra. By the time the first half ended yesterday, Pedro Martínez, Frank Castillo, Jason Varitek, Carl Everett and Rich Garces, among others, all had joined Garciaparra on the disabled list. Through it all, the train kept a rollin'.


Sunday, July 8, 2001

Red Sox Notebook
Providence Journal

Dan Duquette joked that he was glad that outfielder Manny Ramirez had been elected to the A.L. All-Star team "because I was afraid that Joe [Torre] might take Chuck Knoblauch instead." Torre has been criticized for selecting seven of his own players for Tuesday's game.

Manny happy returns: As undeniable star of first half, Ramirez is paying huge dividends for Red Sox
Michael Silverman, Boston Herald

When Manny Ramirez signed up with the Red Sox last winter, he was a slugger wrapped in a mystery, inside an eight-year, $160 million contract.


Saturday, July 7, 2001

No relief without ace
Michael Gee, Boston Herald

Even for the Red Sox, a tropical island would be one hell of a place to lose a pennant. ... This reporter believes there's too much doomsaying about this most satisfactory Red Sox outfit. So let's be optimists. As much as we can and stay real, that is.

Martínez: Not back till August
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

Some of the mystery surrounding Pedro Martínez was resolved yesterday as general manager Dan Duquette said the ace will begin an active rehabilitation program Thursday when he rejoins the Sox in New York as they open the second half of their season against the Mets.

Pedro on hold: Martínez eyes late July return at earliest
Michael Silverman, Boston Herald

Pedro Martínez said that he believes he will need at least a month, rather than two weeks, of rest before he will be able to return to action with the Red Sox. ...

"I don't think we know how long Pedro is going to be out, I don't think anyone knows how long Pedro is going to be out, I don't think Pedro knows how long he is going to be out,'' Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said last night. "Right now, he's in the resting stage.'' ...

WBZ-TV reported last night that sources in the Red Sox clubhouse said Martínez may not be back until September.

Pedro says he needs July to rest
Mike Petraglia,

Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martínez said Friday he will take off the entire month of July to rest his right shoulder. ... "He can't pitch right now so he might as well relax and enjoy life," Jimy Williams said on Friday before Boston's game with Atlanta at Fenway Park.

Pedro: Doctors say no shoulder surgery is needed
Enrique Rojas, Associated Press

Pedro Martínez will take off the entire month of July to rest his ailing right shoulder, he said Friday.

"The reality is that I will need 30 full days of rest instead of 15," Martínez told the Dominican newspaper Ultima Hora. "I prefer to wait a bit more and return with my arm in good shape."

... Martínez, who has recently been home in the Dominican Republic, will rejoin the Red Sox in New York next week when they begin a series against the Mets. "He'll be in New York on Thursday and he'll meet with our doctors there," Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette said Friday night.


Friday, July 6, 2001

Pedro Rx: Rest: LA doctor confirms diagnosis; ace in Dominican
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

The Red Sox left town without him late last Thursday, but Pedro Martínez won't be waiting at Fenway Park today when the team opens a weekend series against the Atlanta Braves. Martínez will instead remain in his native Dominican Republic, where he returned earlier this week to rest and rehabilitate his ailing right shoulder. ...

According to very reliable sources familiar with the player's condition, Martínez received confirmation from Los Angeles-based specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum yesterday that he is suffering from inflammation of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Supporting the diagnosis of Red Sox team doctor Bill Morgan, Yocum has advised the pitcher to continue resting his arm. 

Red Sox fans discuss Pedro @ The Providence Journal.
Some medical links: Guide to Rotator Cuff Tear and Links Dealing with Shoulder/Rotator-Cuff Problems.

No throwing for Martínez
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Pedro Martínez isn't expected to throw today when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, Williams said. The ace right-hander hasn't thrown since June 26, when he had to leave a start against Tampa Bay after only 4.2 innings because of shoulder pain. Martínez, who was placed on the disabled list the following day, is suffering from an inflamed right rotator cuff.

Just rest for Martínez
Gordon Edes, Boston Globe

Pedro Martínez, who has not thrown since June 26, the day before he went on the disabled list with an inflamed rotator cuff, will not throw at Fenway Park this afternoon when the Sox return to play the Atlanta Braves. ... The longer Martínez goes without throwing, the longer it will be before he comes back. Last year when he went on the DL, he was throwing again within seven days, according to Joe Kerrigan, who said he planned to call Martínez after last night's game.

Nomar swings, fires his throws
Garry Brown, Springfield Union-News

For Nomar Garciaparra, five swings in batting practice yesterday marked a major step forward in his long recovery from a wrist injury which required surgery April 2. Garciaparra took his swings in the batting cage yesterday afternoon at Jacobs Field. He also took 25 swings in a soft-toss workout with physical therapist B.J. Baker, and did fielding and throwing from the shortstop position.

Alcantara suspended 6 games for starting brawl
Associated Press [espn link includes video]

Pawtucket Red Sox outfielder Izzy Alcantara has been suspended for six games for his part in a bench-clearing brawl in a game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons earlier this week. [PawSox coverage from The Providence Journal]

Mates dizzy on Izzy's tizzy -- Sox get kick out of outburst
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

Derek Lowe: "That's it? Six games? You do that up here and it would be more. Pedro gets five (games) for missing people."

Pete Schourek: "I'm trying to think of something remotely like that.''

Nomar Garciaparra: "That wasn't a soccer kick because you use the laces more in a soccer kick. Usually, that's a foul in soccer when you go spikes up.''

Lou Merloni: "It's going to be known now as, 'Don't hit me or I'll Izzy you.' ''

Doctoring The Numbers: Great Young Rotations
Rany Jazayerli,

[T]he most impressive young rotation has to be the 1912-16 Red Sox, who won three World Series in five years, each time with a rotation younger than the Marlins' staff of today. Think about that for a moment.

For any contrarians out there that want to make a claim for anyone other than Babe Ruth as the greatest player of all time, you would do well to contemplate Ruth's position as the junior member of two of the three youngest World Champion rotations of all time. Before Ruth turned 24 years old, he had won 80 games--only Bob Feller and Dwight Gooden have matched that feat since--and three World Championships.

The Daily Prospectus: Passing a Marker
Joe Sheehan,

[T]he omission of Greg Maddux is one of the all-time bad jokes of the process, and a really good argument for ignoring "All-Star appearances" when we get around to evaluating the careers of late-20th- and early-21st-century players. ...

One of the hoary sayings in baseball is that if you're on first place on July 4, you'll be there at the end of the year. ... which division leaders will be there when the season is done?

AL East: Predicting whether this July 4 leader is going to make it to the finish line in first place is complicated by the gaping unknowns the Red Sox face. If they get Garciaparra and Pedro Martínez healthy, and the two players play at their established level, they will win the division. If they don't, the Yankees will. ... Gun at my head, I think the Sox will get enough from their two wounded soldiers to win the division, leaving the Yankees to battle the AL Central runner-up for the wild card.

All-Star Game Rosters: American League and National League

Stanton on, Floyd off are All-Star mistakes
Rob Neyer,

Frankly, this is one of those situations where the Commissioner's Office should have stepped in and said, "You know what, Joe? We know that you're a loyal guy, and we know that your owner and your players want you to select as many Yankees as you can. So we'll take some of the heat off you, and exercise our rights by 'helping' you choose the All-Star reserves."

Are the division races already over?
Rico Longoria,

An old baseball adage holds that teams in first place on July 4 are headed to the postseason. Is it true? The numbers say it usually is.

In the six seasons since the wild-card playoff format was first adopted in 1995, the 38 teams leading their divisions or tied for the lead on July 4 have gone on to win the division 26 times. That's a 68 percent success rate. And if you throw out the Pirates and Cardinals, who were tied for first in the NL Central on Independence Day 1997 but both finished out of the money, no team leading by three games or more on July 4 during that span has ever ended the season out of first place.


Thursday, July 5, 2001

Pedro won't be back soon
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

Williams confirmed that while Martínez is eligible to come off the disabled list on July 12, the date of the first game after the All-Star break, he's likely to be out of action longer. Martínez hasn't picked up a ball since being placed on the DL on June 27. ...

"He'll need side sessions (before he can return)," said Williams. "He hasn't even started playing catch yet. Then he has to do long toss before you get him up on the mound. How far away is he? I don't know."

No quick return for ace -- Martínez may need an extended rest
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

As an anxious fandom waited and hoped, Red Sox manager Jimy Williams yesterday all but acknowledged for the first time that Pedro Martínez will not return to the starting rotation promptly after the All-Star break. ...

Pitching coach Joe Kerrigan said recently that Martínez would not throw for the first seven to 10 days after he went on the DL. But Williams indicated the layoff could lengthen. Today marks the eighth day since Martínez went on the DL, and he had not thrown a ball as of yesterday. ... Martínez, who was passed over for an All-Star team for the first time in six years because of his injury, is not traveling with the team.

Red Sox wait and see on Pedro
Mike Petraglia,

The Red Sox continue to play wait and see on the medical condition of Pedro Martínez. Martínez, who last pitched June 26 against Tampa Bay, was put on the disabled list the next day with right shoulder strain and inflammation. An MRI, CT scan and arthrogram showed an inflammation of Martínez' right rotator cuff, but no tear. The club has encouraged the right-hander to seek a second opinion.

"I haven't heard anything new with Pedro," related Sox Manager Jimy Williams Wednesday. "We just need to get it right. If it means he has to stop throwing for a while to get it right, that's what has to be done. I know he hasn't started throwing yet. He needs [side throwing sessions]. He hasn't even started playing catch yet. You got to play catch, then you get into long catch, then long toss, before you even get on the mound. It's a minimum 15 days, and then it's day-to-day after that."

Rumblings & Grumblings
Jayson Stark,

Will this year's annual Pedro Martínez injury be any more worrisome than the previous two? Too early to say. But one scout who watched Pedro recently was concerned by what he saw.

"What scared me was his arm angle," the scout said. "He threw a lot of pitches from that three-quarter (sidearm) slot. You could tell he was hurting. You just worry that with his physique and all the torque on his delivery, it's a lot of strain on a little guy." ...

The Red Sox' least-favorite midseason tradition kicked off this week -- the great Pedro on the DL. They went 6-5 while he was on the DL last year, 6-7 the year before. Their two-year winning percentage when he was active: .567 (167-133). And when he wasn't: .500 (12-12).

Shocking news: Mariners lead the way
Dave Campbell,

AL -- (tie) Manny Ramirez, Ichiro Suzuki, Bret Boone; NL -- Luis Gonzalez
AL -- Roger Clemens; NL -- Curt Schilling

I can think of no greater Red Sox fan's nightmare this season than having Pedro Martínez, Nomar Garciaparra, Carl Everett, Jason Varitek, John Valentin, Frank Castillo and Rich Garces on the DL. ...

Second-half keys -- AL East -- Pedro Martínez, Boston: He must be totally healthy. The Red Sox need him down the stretch to close out the division. They are winning now with glue, paste and baling wire. If Williams can keep pushing them to the All-Star Game and a little beyond, the Red Sox will be fine, especially as they start getting players back one by one, including Martínez and Nomar. If they don't get Martínez and other key players back, the Yankees will leave them in the dust.

First half in review
Sean McAdam,

AL MVP: Manny Ramirez
NL MVP: Luis Gonzalez
AL Cy Young: Roger Clemens
NL Cy Young: Curt Schilling
AL Rookie: Ichiro Suzuki
NL Rookie: Ben Sheets
AL Manager: Tom Kelly
NL Manager: Larry Bowa
AL Comeback Player: Juan Gonzalez
NL Comeback Player: Larry Walker
AL disappointment (team): Oakland A's
NL disappointment (team): New York Mets
AL disappointment (player): Johnny Damon
NL disappointment (player): Scott Rolen
AL surprise team: Minnesota Twins
NL surprise team: Philadelphia Phillies
AL surprise player: Doug Mientkiewicz
NL surprise player: Rich Aurilia

Stroll through the stats: All-Star edition
David Schoenfield,

We have no problems with Joe Torre supporting his players, but it does seem a little odd that the team with the third-best record in the American League has one-fourth of the 28 AL All-Stars. The Yankees entered Wednesday one-half game ahead of the Red Sox. The Yankees have seven All-Stars, the Red Sox have one.


Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Red Sox Notebook
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

Sox officials said that Pedro Martínez' anticipated second opinion on his aching right shoulder may end up being nothing more than the results from last week's tests being sent to another doctor, most likely Anaheim Angels team physician Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Diamond Digits: Sox staff should survive sans Pedro
Matthew Leach,

Pedro Martínez -- at least arguably the most valuable player in baseball -- has made his annual visit to the disabled list, and this time it seems a little more serious than usual. Rather than words like "side" and "oblique muscle," this time the doctors have used much scarier words: "rotator cuff." ...

Now that the Sawx may have to go several weeks without Martínez, how will they fare? With three legitimate star hitters and a deep starting rotation, they seem to be better equipped for such a situation than they've ever been.

Manny shrugs off Cleveland boos because his cues come from Sox
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

There were boos when Manny Ramirez stepped into the cage for batting practice at Jacobs Field last night. ...

"My fans are in Boston," said Ramirez. "I have nothing to worry about. ... I'm in Boston now. I miss my teammates and my friends, but I have friends here now. I'm 29 years old. It was time to move on. I wanted to go to Boston to be my own man. People didn't think I'd go. But me going to Boston was a big challenge. I wanted to let people know what kind of person I am."

Mature Manny opens up
Joe Maxse, Cleveland Plain Dealer

All he ever wanted was a little peace and quiet. He should have told us. ... When I played here it was relaxed," said Ramirez, smiling at ease while surrounded by the media in the visitors' dugout. "But over here it's all business. There is not a lot of loud music or playing around. It's all about winning. It's about going out to beat somebody."

Manny of little emotion: Return to Jake doesn't faze star
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

Typically unaffected and characteristically oblivious, Manny Ramirez returned to Jacobs Field last night, his one-time home transformed into a cauldron of emotion. Some fans cheered him. Most fans booed. And if Ramirez even bothered to notice, he certainly did not let it show.

Drop the comparisons to Williams
Joe Sheehan,

One of the ideas that is most difficult for people to get their heads around is the notion that a player can be both great and overrated.

Indians cruise in Ramirez's return to the Jake
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

Roberto Alomar got a career-high five hits to overshadow Manny Ramirez's return to Jacobs Field, leading Jake Westbrook and the Cleveland Indians over the Boston Red Sox 9-1 Tuesday night.

The Daily Prospectus: Filling out the Rosters
Joe Sheehan,

Now that the All-Star starters have been announced, and the Japan-Kroger plot to avenge the memory of Gus Bell has been thwarted, let's take a shot at figuring the rest of the AL and NL All-Star teams. Note: I'm not talking about "deserving" here; I'm just playing the home version of the game Bobby Valentine and Joe Torre are playing for real.


Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Pedro gets an expert opinion
Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal

If anyone can be billed as an expert on the health of brilliant pitching arms, it's Sandy Koufax. ... Koufax was in town yesterday ... He also watches plenty of baseball, and rates Martínez among the handful of pitchers he enjoys the most.

Carl Everett On-Line Chat Transcript

Sox hitting stride: At midway point, they continue to turn heads
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

"They're a bunch of dirt bags that just don't like to lose,'' said Blue Jays manager Buck Martínez.

Ace impersonators: Sox starters share load in Pedro's absence
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

In the absence of Pedro Martínez, the Red Sox expanded their pitching staff from 11 to 12 last week. Given that Martínez is indisputably irreplaceable, the decision suggested that the Sox would try to overcome the loss of their ace through an even greater distribution of labor.

Manny deserves warm welcome
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Manny Ramirez returns to Cleveland tonight as a loquacious cleanup hitter for the Boston Red Sox. When Ramirez strides to the plate for his first at-bat, he should be booed - but only if the bases are loaded in the first inning and he appears poised to deposit Jake Westbrook's next pitch into the barbecue pit for his 14th career grand slam.


Monday, July 2, 2001

Pedro single-minded
Jeff Horrigan, Boston Herald

All indications are Pedro Martínez won't be sent for a second opinion on his ailing right shoulder until the residual pain from last week's arthrogram subsides. Martínez is currently on the 15-day disabled list. When he is ready to be re-examined, Martínez is expected to fly out to California to see Anaheim Angels physician Dr. Lewis Yocum, who once performed rotator-cuff surgery on Pedro's brother, Ramon.

Concern runs high for Pedro
Ron Chimelis, Springfield Union-News

This is baseball's version of "The Big One," a cultural contribution courtesy of Redd Foxx and that old hit TV show, "Sanford and Son." ... As the euphoria of Rolando Arrojo's magnificent fill-in performance subsides, Pedro's pain is the real Big One for the Red Sox, the first time it is not overreacting to wonder if this is the injury could leave Martínez as something less than he has been.

Cuban victory cigar -- Arrojo fills in, smokes Blue Jays
Bob Hohler, Boston Globe

They talk daily by phone, two of the greatest pitchers their island nations ever produced: Pedro Martínez, the Dominican ace who was home in Boston nursing his ailing shoulder, and Rolando Arrojo, the Cuban defector who yesterday was answering an urgent plea to fill Martínez's colossal void.

''Pedro wished me luck,'' Arrojo said through interpreter Ramon Rodriguez of his most recent chat with Martínez. ''And I dedicated the game to Pedro.''


Sunday, July 1, 2001

No word on Martínez
Steven Krasner, Providence Journal

There was no definitive word about Pedro Martínez's desire for a second opinion, but apparently the three-time Cy Young Award winner isn't planning to throw for a while. Martínez, who has been diagnosed with inflammation of the right rotator cuff, might not play catch until Friday, when the Sox return home for their final series before the All-Star break, a three-game set with the Atlanta Braves.

Sickly Sox near the breaking point
Tony Massarotti, Boston Herald

Is there cause for concern with Pedro? Hell, yes. Though the Sox have repeatedly said that tests on the pitcher's tender right shoulder have revealed no tear in the rotator cuff, Martínez recently told friends that he may have avoided a tear by the slimmest of margins.

Jimy Williams: good, bad and ugly
Phil O'Neill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Amajority of Red Sox fans feel manager Jimy Williams has been a big plus this season. Some claim Jimy's the reason Boston's been in first place most of the first half, and that he's getting the most out of a mediocre team hard hit by key injuries.

Halfway Done, But More Work To Do

As the Red Sox near the halfway point of this season, they are right in the thick of the AL East race, despite numerous key injuries ... I've decided to take this time to evaluate the team, player by player, starting with the position players, and I hope to bring out a few little known or little realized facts.

Jimy in a Jam in Boston
Jon Heyman, Newsday

The Red Sox might be the story of the year, the dysfunctional, injury-wracked, star-crossed team that continues to threaten the Yankees, thanks to great depth and heart.

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