06/11/2003 7:36 PM ET
Red Sox notes: Person goes on DL
Right-hander has inflammation of the right hip
BOSTON -- Robert Person's frustrating season hit another detour Wednesday, as the right-hander was placed on the disabled list with inflammation of the right hip.
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
The ailment has also caused tightness in Person's back, which could well be the reason he hasn't been able to get in any kind of rhythm since being activated May 13.
As it was, Person began the season in extended Spring Training because he had surgery on his shoulder and elbow late last summer.
The ironic thing for Person -- who has one save and a 7.00 ERA -- is that his arm feels completely sound.
"It went from hip to hip in Spring Training. It's been around," said Person, whom the Sox signed as a non-roster invitee on Feb. 22. "There wasn't any particular instance that made it worse. I think it just gradually got worse. My back was tight and I think that was probably a result of my hip. It's kind of hard to perform like that. I can give you one inning but I want to give you three or four.
"I don't really feel the hip when I'm throwing. It just makes it weak. It causes other things to get irritated in my back. It tightens up on the left side of my back."
To fill Person's slot on the roster, the Sox recalled right-hander Jason Shiell from Triple-A Pawtucket for the second time this season. And, as expected, ace Pedro Martinez was activated in time to start Wednesday's game, and left-handed starter Casey Fossum was placed on the DL, retroactive to June 8, with shoulder tendinitis.
Shiell was with the Sox from April 16-May 20, pitching in nine games and getting a win and a save while posting a 4.11 ERA.
What did Sox manager Grady Little like about Shiell during his first stint with the team?
"His aggressiveness," Little said. "He always wants the ball. He did a good job when he was here for us before."
As for Person, he is still conferring with the Sox on what the best course of action is for his rehab.
Aside from the hip-back ailment and regaining strength in his arm, Person has had a tough time getting sharp while working in an undefined role. He hopes his rehab will consist of pitching in a starter's routine in the minor leagues, which would then give Little the option of inserting him into the rotation or the bullpen.
Person, just 14 months removed from getting the Opening Day nod for the Phillies, is still a starter at heart,.
"I know that I need to pitch," said Person. "If I go down as a starter and train as a starter and pitch as a starter at least I can get my pitches to be sharp and consistent. I talked to Grady and (GM) Theo (Epstein). I told them, once I get innings under my belt and I'm sharp, I can come back as starter or a reliever. Right now, I can compete and get you one inning and my arm will be fine. That's the funny thing, that my shoulder and elbow are fine."
Friday starter still in limbo: Derek Lowe, who dealt with a recurring blister problem in Sunday's win over the Brewers, will take an extra day of rest and pitch Saturday against his former manager Jimy Williams and the Astros. As for who will fill Fossum's slot Friday, Little still doesn't know.
With Shiell joining the roster instead of a starting pitcher, it now seems likely that the Sox will plug in a reliever Friday. Ramiro Mendoza is a possible candidate. Or they could make another roster move and call someone such as Ryan Rupe up from Pawtucket.
Kim won't bounce anymore: As long as Byung-Hyun Kim stays in the Red Sox rotation, he won't be making any more bullpen stints. Kim's first two starts in a Boston uniform were preceded by bullpen appearances.
Though Kim didn't use it as an excuse, that might have been why he felt weak during Tuesday's start against St. Louis.
"We don't want to have to do that. We were forced to do it over the weekend in Milwaukee," Little said. "As long as he's one of our starting pitchers, as the rest of our starting pitchers, we don't like to do that between starts. Since he's joined our club he hasn't really had a regular routine in between starts because of our scheduling and the circumstances that took place in Milwaukee (two starters leaving with injuries). This time he's going to be regularly scheduled between starts."
Kim's next start comes Sunday against the Astros.
Odd man out: Jeremy Giambi didn't start the final six games of the road trip because there was no DH in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. Unfortunately for Giambi, Kevin Millar and David Ortiz have both been swinging a hot bat of late. This meant Giambi didn't start either of the first two games of the homestand.
For the second consecutive night, Millar played first and Ortiz was at DH.
Giambi has had a rough time of it, hitting .188 with five homers and 13 RBIs.
Little cautioned, however, that Giambi has not been reduced to pinch-hitting status.
"This guy, he'll get it going," Little said. "We're still in a process of trying to match these people up the best we can, combining that with themselves, how they are doing at the moment. It's just kind of a day-to-day thing on who's going to play. But everybody is going to get a lot of chances."
Down on the farm: Steve Woodard turned in a quality start for Pawtucket Tuesday, allowing two runs over six innings. He took a no-decision. ... The Double-A Portland Sea Dogs continue to roll, with six wins in their last seven games. Jeremy Owens tripled twice Tuesday.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.