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Random Thursday morning Red Sox notes from clubhouse (with Carlos Silva update)

03.08.12 at 10:02 am ET
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Carlos Silva (AP)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – It was a meeting Carlos Silva was dreading.

“It was really hard for me to go in there and tell them,” said the pitcher of the moment he had to inform the Red Sox’ coaching staff his right shoulder was hurting. “It was the worst feeling.”

Silva is currently sidelined with right shoulder inflammation. The starter first experienced the pain while throwing a bullpen session Saturday, and then was forced to face his reality when the discomfort picked up while tossing the next day.

“It was hard for me to play catch,” he said.

The Red Sox were aware of Silva’s pre-existing shoulder issue, which was revealed during the 2011 season when an MRI showed a slight tear in the pitcher’s labrum. But even after a  fairly seamless offseason of rehab and throwing, Silva’s shoulder has taken a turn for the worse after exerting itself more in live batting practice sessions.

“I threw a lot (in the offseason). I threw, but more like playing catch and a bullpen once in a while. I was focusing more on getting stronger,” Silva said. “So it makes sense that there is inflammation because I threw a lot, but nothing like live BP.

“They know what I’ve got, so now they just have to see if the inflammation is going to go away. It’s discouraging, but at the same time I want to keep my mind strong and move forward because if I stop to think about it I’m not going to go anywhere.”

Silva said he first uncovered the shoulder problem in July of last year, leading to the MRI. He has not had such an examination, still waiting for the inflammation to subside.

“It’s something we can’t control,” Silva said. “The only thing we can do is keep working and pray to God it goes away.”

- Two other pitchers appear ready to take steps forward, with closer Andrew Bailey slated to make his spring training debut Monday, at JetBlue Park against the Marlins, and Aaron Cook reporting he is “3-4 days away” from pitching in his first game.

Bailey, who is recovering from lat soreness, will throw a live batting practice Friday in preparation for his one-inning outing Monday. He is expected to still get in between 7-10 innings before the start of the regular season.

Cook has been brought along slowly by the team after history of shoulder problems, but came away from his live batting practice Tuesday in good enough shape to starting preparation for game action.

- Two of the pitchers who underwent Tommy John surgery last June, Rich Hill and Daisuke Matsuzaka, continue to show promise in their recoveries. After a 45-pitch bullpen session earlier this week, Hill will throw breaking balls for the first time since his operation. Also of note is that Matsuzaka has started integrating sliders into his bullpen sessions.

- After playing all nine innings in the field of a March baseball game for the first time since his days on the 2009 Puerto Rico World Baseball Classic team, Wednesday in Dunedin, Mike Aviles reported no soreness.

- In case you missed it, here is the lineup for the Red Sox in their game across the state in Jupiter against the Cardinals: Ellsbury CF, Pedroia 2B, Gonzalez 1B, McDonald LF, Saltalamacchia C, Middlebrooks 3B, Hassan DH, Repko RF, Iglesias SS, Beckett P.

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