08/11/12 12:48 AM ET
Papi takes day off to rest, Sunday return unlikely
By Justin Albers / MLB.com
Ortiz did agility drills and took batting practice indoors on Thursday, and Valentine said the Red Sox slugger completed the activities without problem. Ortiz had been targeting Sunday's day game for a possible return from his right Achilles injury, but Valentine said that is now unlikely.
"I don't think so," Valentine said after Friday night's 3-2 win over the Indians.
Ortiz is currently on the 15-day disabled list, and he hasn't played since July 16 against the White Sox. He is hitting .316 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs in 89 games this season.
Middlebrooks has broken right wrist
CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Will Middlebrooks left the Red Sox's 3-2 win over the Indians in the ninth inning on Friday night with a broken right wrist.
Middlebrooks, who was plunked by a 96-mph fastball from Esmil Rogers, had X-rays following the game, and manager Bobby Valentine said the rookie was in a lot of pain.
"He got hit pretty good in a bad place," Valentine said. "I was hoping it was going to be a little more down on the meat. It's right on the bone."
The Boston Globe originally reported Middlebrooks broke his wrist and the club will call up Danny Valencia.
Valentine said Middlebrooks was unlikely to play on Saturday.
"I hope it's only a day, doubtful of that," Valentine said.
Podsednik rejoins Red Sox; Kalish optioned
CLEVELAND -- Scott Podsednik just wanted another chance to be part of a Major League roster. When the Red Sox offered him a contract, he couldn't turn it down.
The Sox officially signed Podsednik on Friday, less than two weeks after they dealt him to the D-backs in a deal on July 31 involving Matt Albers and Craig Breslow. Podsednik was in the lineup in left field, batting ninth, Friday night against the Indians.
To make room for Podsednik on the active roster, Boston optioned outfielder Ryan Kalish to Triple-A Pawtucket.
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"I enjoyed my time here [the first time]," Podsednik said. "I know these guys, they know me. It's a good fit, and it's another opportunity for me to play at this level. It was a no-brainer."
Just days after joining the D-backs, the club decided to send Podsednik to Triple-A Reno. The veteran outfielder refused, cleared waivers and became a free agent.
Podsednik had been in Boston since his release, and he was scheduled to fly home to Texas on Thursday. But just before he did, he got a call from the Red Sox.
"A guy in my position, being free in the middle of August, I don't have a lot of options here," Podsednik said. "Just an opportunity to play at this level is what I was looking for. I can't be that picky."
The 36-year-old Podsednik hit .387 with a home run and seven RBIs in 19 games for the Sox. He'll continue to serve as Boston's fourth outfielder in his return since Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford are now back from injury. Manager Bobby Valentine said Podsednik will get time in both left and right field.
"We felt like it was just a little upgrade over the way Ryan was performing," Valentine said of the reason for the move. "Maybe we'll get a little upgrade, and an experienced guy who's used to not playing all the time."
Kalish, 24, hit .203 with five RBIs in 25 games this season. He was just 3-for-19 with a double in seven games since being recalled on July 31.
"Ryan is a very good player who was a little lost this time around," Valentine said. "He couldn't quite get on track, and we want to make sure that he gets some consecutive at-bats and feels good about himself before he comes back."
Doubront to have next turn through rotation skipped
CLEVELAND -- A day after starting pitcher Felix Doubront struggled with his command and lost to the Indians, manager Bobby Valentine announced on Friday that Doubront will skip his next start. Right-hander Aaron Cook will start in his place on Wednesday.
Cook's spot in the rotation comes up on Saturday, but Valentine opted to put left-hander Franklin Morales in that position and push Cook back a few days. Valentine said he doesn't necessarily plan on using a six-man rotation going forward, but he wants it to be flexible.
"The plan is to have a plan that is adjustable right now as needed," Valentine said. "[After Doubront returns], the six might stay at six or it might become five again depending on what we see. Right now, a little blow for Felix is what the doctor ordered. [He needs to] take a deep breath ... and I think he'll have that other gear that we saw him have earlier in the season."
Doubront, who is in his first full season at the big league level, has begun showing signs of fatigue with his high number of innings pitched. The left-hander currently sits at 122 2/3 frames on the season, more than he's thrown at any level since 2008, when he recorded 129 1/3 innings for Double-A Portland.
On Thursday night, Doubront cruised into the fifth inning with a 3-1 lead. But he had little control of his fastball in the fifth. Doubront allowed three runs in the frame before exiting with only one out. He has now allowed a combined seven runs n the fifth innings of his last two outings. Doubront is 10-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 22 starts.
Valentine said nearly every pitcher starts to hit a wall at this point in the year.
"Guys either bust through the wall or you give him a little breather," he said.
With Cook's start still a few days off and the bullpen overworked, Valentine said he could be available in relief Friday night.
Valentine: Beer rule doesn't apply to road clubhouses
CLEVELAND -- Manager Bobby Valentine confirmed that his players weren't breaking any rules by drinking beer in the clubhouse following Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Indians. The issue came up because of a Comcast SportsNet column that said injured starter John Lackey was breaking a team rule by "double-fisting" beer after the game.
Valentine implemented a rule before the season that prohibited players from drinking alcohol at the ballpark after home games. The ban, however, does not apply on the road.
When asked about the report, Valentine had a little fun with the issue.
"That's beer right there," he said, pointing at a cooler in his office. "If you would have come in here [last night], you would have seen a pretty heaping pile of empty beer bottles by the time I left here. And I dare say there were a whole bunch of games this year at home when I would have liked to have made a big pile."
Justin Albers is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.