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"They'll be a short term challenge but a very important one for us to step up and meet. We can't rush Wade Miller because there's more of a need in the big leagues now, he'll be ready when he's ready. One step along the way is going to be Thursday for him in Pawtucket and we'll be there to watch him. There's just no pitching (outside the organization). We're going to keep looking but it's very hard to acquire pitching this time of year, so many teams looking for it. But we're lucky we've got Jeremi Gonzalez throwing well for us at Triple A, we've got Halama ready to step into the rotation and soon enough Wade Miller. We've just got to keep everyone else healthy and have other aspects of our team step up and keep playing good baseball until we get our team back." -- Theo Epstein on Red Sox pre-game show
"The term the doctors are using is a bruising of the bone. In the general area where he had problems last year. They're gonna put him in a boot for a couple of weeks. He needs to alleviate the pain. We all know he can pitch with pain, but right now this pain means that we don't want this to get worse, so they're going to alleviate the stress from it in a boot. He's going to talk to a nutritionist, a couple people, try to use these couple weeks to do the best he can at other things. And when the pain is gone he'll come back and pitch, that's about the best we know right now. He said he felt a tweak right at the very end (of his outing in Tampa). This wasn't something that was nagging him for a month or since spring training. He felt a tweak but he wasn't that concerned about it. He went out and threw a side yesterday and that's when the concern escalated a little bit because he was going to have a tough time doing his side day, so then we took it from there and we went and did the appropriate tests with the medical people. Again you just have to wait and get results back, and this is happening sometime during the game, so it gets a little quick. I do think these things happen. You're dealing with athletes that are asking exceptional things out of their body and we all know what Schill's come back from and how things like that so sometimes maybe we ask our bodies to do stuff that sometimes we just can't tolerate. We try to use the best judgment we can and we tremendous medical people, athletes are... part of the reason they're good is they push themselves. Sometimes they push too hard and you suffer the effects.
We obviously sat down at length last night and this morning and tried to figure our best options out (regarding the rotation). We've got some weather issues today, so we'll get through today's game, we've got the day off tomorrow, and after today's game we'll set our rotation, we've talked to our pitchers, they have some idea what's going on. We're kind of crazy to set it in stone (with the impending rain) because it could change real quick." -- Terry Francona on with WEEI's Dale and Holley