Busy day: Hermida to DL, Nelson let go

June, 11, 2010
6/11/10
5:35
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BOSTON –- It’s been a busy day of transactions and injury updates for the Boston Red Sox.

* The club placed outfielder Jeremy Hermida on the disabled list with five fractured ribs. He suffered the injury in a collision with third baseman Adrian Beltre last Friday in Baltimore. It was a similar collision that has sidelined fellow outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury after his collision with Beltre on April 11 in Kansas City.

“We spoke to [Hermida] when he came in and we had a conference call. We’re going to DL him and let these things calm down a little bit,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “We’ll go at a pace he can tolerate. That doesn’t really change. It’s kind of eerily similar to -- Beltre is going to take out our whole outfield. We’ll try to let that heal a little bit.

“He was feeling better today, which we know can happen. We just want to slow it down a little bit and not have him go one step forward, two back, the rest of the year.”

Click here for more on Hermida.

*Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had a MRI taken on his right knee today and the results came back clean. Pedroia said he feels fine and he’s in the lineup tonight.

“They could amputate my leg and I’d still play,” he said.

*Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was removed from Thursday’s game in Cleveland with back spasms, is not in the starting lineup tonight against the Phillies. According to Francona, Youkilis is a little stiff.

“He did a good job of getting himself out of there. Maybe that’s something he wouldn’t have done in the past,” Francona said. “He would have tried to play through, and it would have cost him three for four days. I’m pretty sure he’ll be fine for tomorrow.”

Francona said Youkilis could be available to pinch hit tonight.

*The Red Sox reinstated closer Jonathan Papelbon from the bereavement list and he’s available to pitch tonight.

*Right-handed reliever Joe Nelson was designated for assignment. He said unless he gets picked up off waivers, it’s unlikely he’ll accept an assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket. Nelson is flying home to Florida tonight and will talk with his agent and wife before making a decision.

“In all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I’ve probably thrown my last pitch,” he said. “I don’t anticipate myself going back to Pawtucket, but that’s emotion talking right now and we’ll probably reanalyze it when I’m not as disappointed.

“I had every opportunity and I didn’t produce. The thought of going to Triple-A doesn’t sound that great. We’ll wait and see what options present themselves. As a whole, you've got to perform better. That’s what it comes down to. They gave me every chance to succeed and I didn’t make the pitches. There’s not a hard feeling in the world between the Red Sox and me. Every day I got to spend up here was a blessing and not taken for granted. I need to do a better job.”

The Red Sox filled Nelson's bullpen spot by recalling reliever Scott Atchison from Pawtucket.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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