Wakefield to get another cortisone shot
|09.08.09 at 11:12 pm ET|
After being examined by team medical director Dr. Thomas Gill prior to the Red Sox’ 10-0 win over Baltimore, Tuesday night, Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield was told he will receive another epidural cortisone shot, Thursday. Red Sox manager Terry Francona officially announced the procedure prior to Wednesday night’s game.
“The plan is for Wake to get a shot [Thursday], which will probably limit his activity for a couple of days,” Francona said. “Then he’ll do as much throwing and side work as he can, trying to balance that to where he can pitch effectively and not throw the physical part of it backwards.”
It will be Wakefield’s third cortisone shot, with his previous one coming Aug. 31. If the shot helps alleviate the pressure of the pitcher’s herniated disc, which is pushing on a nerve in his back and causing weakness in his left leg, the plan is to start the knuckleballer in either Sept. 18 or 19 against the Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Wakefield last pitched Saturday, in Chicago, allowing four runs on six hits over six innings. Prior to that start the 43-year-old appeared in an Aug. 26 win over the White Sox, his first outing since going on the disabled list July 18. In that game Wakefield gave up just a run over seven innings.
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