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Farrell: No problem with Kelly not telling Sox of shoulder pain

Farrell: No problem with Kelly not telling Sox of shoulder pain

BOSTON -- In the aftermath of Joe Kelly's right shoulder impingement, which forced him from the mound Tuesday after just 23 pitches, manager John Farrell said he had no issue with Kelly failing to tell anyone about the tightness he felt while warming up in the bullpen.

"In the moment, no,'' said Farrell when asked if he was disappointed that Kelly didn't alert someone. "The reason I say that is he came out of his last outing (last Wednesday against Baltimore) after throwing 114 pitches. He had to work to get through that game. He [was able to throw on] his side day, and that's really the benchmark. If a starting pitcher is going to make his side day, they should be in line for that start.

"He was making all the markers along the way in the four days with our training staff. Now, the thing we got to know about Joe in the second half of last year is, his warmups are under control. He's not a guy who's going to look to go down and throw with 100 percent velocity on his fastball. In the conversation on the mound, he felt like he was going to be able to get through it while warming up. So I can't fault him for wanting to get to the mound.

"If he doesn't take the ball, then we're chastizing him for not being tough. So, here's a guy, okay, he might have been a little bit sore coming out of his last start. But he was making progress and felt like he was in the safe zone to make his start. Unfortunately, he didn't get through it.''

Farrell added that had Kelly said something after his warmup, the same group of relievers -- led by long men Heath Hembree and Robbie Ross Jr. -- would have been utilized as fill-ins.

Kelly underwent an MRI Wednesday afternoon, which confirmed the original diagnosis of an impingement but revealed that the shoulder structure was unchanged compared to the MRI taken last September, when Kelly saw his season end prematurely due to a shoulder strain.

The Sox are still unsure of Kelly's projected recovery time, and won't know for that a while.

"We've got to let it quiet down and get a better gauge on it once he gets back to the strength testing,'' said Farrell.

Based on the MRI, Farrell said there's no evidence that Kelly risked or incurred any more damage to the shoulder by making his start.

What makes this difficult to assess, as Farrell noted, is that "there's an individual threshold between soreness and pain. Typcially, guys at this level, have dealt with this from time to time in the minors and here and when they reach that threshold where it isn't just stiffness, it's their career we're talking about. And you want them to be candid and honest. A player's health is first and foremost to us.''

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor leaguer Oscar Hernandez suspended for second positive drug test

Red Sox minor league catcher Oscar Hernandez has been handed a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, our own Evan Drellich reports.

Hernandez signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox in January and currently is on the Triple-A Pawtucket roster. The 24-year-old will be able to return in late May.





Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

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Wright suspended 15 games for violation of domestic-violence policy

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will be suspended 15 games for violating MLB’s domestic violence policy, NBC Sports Boston has learned. The league is set to make the announcement Friday.

Wright, working his way back from right knee surgery, has to serve the suspension when healthy. Potential time on the disabled list to begin the season would not count. Wright is not expected to appeal.

Wright was arrested at his Tennessee home in December following an incident involving his wife, Shannon. Wright was charged with domestic assault and preventing a 911 call, which are misdemeanors in Tennessee, and released on a $2,500 bond.

The case in December was retired by the Williamson County courthouse. If Wright commits no other offenses for a 12-month span, the charges are expected to be dropped.

Fifteen games matches the lowest suspension MLB has given out in relation to a domestic violence case since the league and players union agreed to a policy in 2015. Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia was suspended 15 games in March 2017.

"It's a situation that, it sucks not only for me, but for my family, for the team," Wright told reporters in Florida on Thursday. "But I try not to think about it. When MLB comes out with their discipline, or if there's going to be discipline or not, it's just going to go from there."

Wright said this spring that he did not harm his wife.

“We’ve been going to counseling. We’ve been working through it,” Wright said. “We’ve been trying to do as much as we can to put it past us, but it’s hard. Because MLB is doing their investigation and it’s in the limelight. It’s really hard on a personal level to get past something that’s constantly being thrown at you. But I did it to myself. It’s one of those things that I’ve got to live with the consequences that came from my actions that night.”