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Mookie Betts' availability Friday unclear after knee injury

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Mookie Betts' availability Friday unclear after knee injury

CLEVELAND — It’s wait and see on the knee.

Mookie Betts twice hit his right knee in the same spot while playing right field Thursday night at Progressive Field, leading to his seventh-inning exit in a 13-6 Red Sox loss to the Indians.

“I think initially it was going back when I ran into the wall, and then you know I kind of hit it there, but I was fine. I was able to kind of play through it,” Betts said. “Then when I jumped on that ball going back, I came down and I landed on that same spot and that’s when it got pretty tough to — well, pretty tender.

“There was no twist or anything, I think it was just impact.”

Betts is considered day-to-day and manager John Farrell said after the game no MRI had been planned. 

It’s an area where Betts has had trouble before. He underwent surgery on the knee in October: arthroscopy, chondroplasty, and a loose body removal, per the team’s announcement at the time. But Farrell said there was no extra concern at this point because of the past operation.

Betts’ status for Friday’s game was not stated, but he did appear to have a slight limp in the clubhouse afterward.

“Come in tomorrow and kind of see,” Betts said. “I'm not going to say I can't play tomorrow or say I can. I'll just come in and see and hope I'll be ready to go.”

In the sixth inning, Betts banged both knees into the wall going after Yandy Diaz’s triple. In the seventh, he didn’t come down with a Jose Ramirez double that was roped to right, planting on the right knee and then falling to the ground. (There seemed to be more impact for the knee upon planting than he wound up on the ground.)

Betts stayed in for one more batter after Ramirez’s double.

E-Rod may be sidelined six month because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure

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E-Rod may be sidelined six month because of surgery; Ramirez has minor procedure

BOSTON — Maybe now there's more reason to think Hanley Ramirez can have a rebound season in 2018. And left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will be recovering from knee surgery and likely miss the start of the season.  

Ramirez and Rodriguez each had surgery on Tuesday. Ramirez, the designated hitter and first baseman who turns 34 in December, had left shoulder surgery, an announcement he made on Twitter with a picture of himself at the hospital. 

Ramirez's surgery is considered relatively minor. Rodriguez's right knee ligament reconstruction surgery, however, has a recovery time of six months, which is to say he may be able to contribute to the Sox again in six months. But the timetable is imprecise, so, again, the Sox' starting pitching depth may have to be addressed in the offseason. 

Rodriguez, who turns 25 in April, has had been bothered by the right knee for most of the past two seasons. He missed about six weeks this season after dislocating his knee and missed the start of the 2016 season after injuring the knee in spring training.  Rodriguez was 6-7 with a 4.19 ERA last season and is 19-20, 4.23 in 25 career appearances, 24 starts in three seasons for Boston. 

Here's what the Red Sox said in a release about the two surgeries:

HANLEY RAMIREZ AND EDUARDO RODRIGUEZ UNDERGO SUCCESSFUL SURGERIES

BOSTON, MA – First baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent successful surgeries today.

Ramirez underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, FL. Ramirez is expected to be ready for the 2018 season.

Rodriguez underwent a right knee patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. The procedure was also performed by Dr. Andrews at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola. Rodriguez is expected to return to pitching in approximately six months.

 

Ramirez was bothered by both shoulders in 2017, limiting his performance at the plate and also his time at first base. He had a .750 OPS in the regular season after posting an .866 figure a year earlier. He was productive in the Sox' Division Series loss to the Astros, going 8-for-14.

Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

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Padres to interview Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis for open position

BOSTON -- The coaching migration could begin soon.

Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis is to be in San Diego on Wednesday, a baseball source told NBC Sports Boston. They have an open hitting coach position that Davis will interview for. Davis' reputation in the game remains excellent, despite some offensive drop-offs for key Sox players in 2017.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said all the Sox coaches under John Farrell have permission to seek jobs elsewhere.

"I’ve  talked to all the coaching staff members," Dombrowski said last week. "They’re all signed  for 2018. What I told them  is, first  of all, I think very highly of  them. They’re good people. They’re good baseball people. I would recommend  to our new manager any of them, it’s not a problem for me, but I do believe a new manager needs to have his own coaching staff in place within approval of us and making sure that there’s proper areas coached within the club. 

"Would grant permission for any club to talk to our personnel. I know they’re signed, but I wouldn’t want to stand in their way of getting a job somewhere else if that opportunity came up. Some of them could come back, but again, I’m going to wait until we get a manager and I won’t  stand in their way of interviewing elsewhere." 

Davis could eventually land on the interview circuit for manager, as well.