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Whether Jonathan Papelbon has an MRI on his shoulder will depend on how he feels Saturday. He currently believes he's day-to-day with a strain.
"Basically, I felt it a couple of pitches before I actually felt the larger strain," Papelbon said. "Right now, we don't really know what's going on. It's just basically some sort of strain in my shoulder. That's basically what we're going to go on right now." If it's really just a day-to-day thing, Papelbon should consider himself extremely fortunate. Continuing to pitch after he originally felt the strain was the height of foolishness. "The doctors and the trainers think it's just a fatigue issue," he said. "Hopefully, it is, and I'll be back in a few days. That would be the best-case scenario. So that's what I'm looking for and hoping for."
Jonathan Papelbon's MRI scheduled for Monday was pushed back to Tuesday because of the holiday.
They can get a police escort for a backup catcher any time they please, but finding a technician or two to look after one of the game's most dominant closers for an hour is a problem? Priorities, people.
An MRI on Jonathan Papelbon's shoulder revealed no major damage. The Red Sox are saying he experienced a slippage in his shoulder joint.
"Jonathan Papelbon continues to improve each day," Dr. Thomas Gill said in a statement. "Recent examination and testing are consistent with a transient subluxation event in the setting of a fatigued shoulder. After a period of rest, he will begin a shoulder strengthening program." The Red Sox didn't establish any sort of timetable for Papelbon's return. We're assuming that he'll miss at least the next two weeks, and unless the Red Sox are serious contenders by the middle of the month, there's a good chance he won't pitch again.
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