|Report: Red Sox might have broken state law by having trainer administer Toradol||02.15.13 at 7:08 am ET|
According a report by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, the Red Sox appear to have broken state law by allowing a trainer to administer injections of the controversial painkiller Toradol to treat players.
(Listen to Passan discuss the situation during his Friday morning appearance with Dennis & Callahan.)
While Toradol is a legal substance and not banned by Major League Baseball, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts’ Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations said that the Massachusetts board of Allied Health Professionals, which regulates trainers, takes the position that “athletic trainers are prohibited from using injectables.” The specific wording of the law is more vague.
Passan’s report credits Curt Schilling and two other sources as saying former Sox trainer Mike Reinold regularly injected players with Toradol for six seasons, from 2006-11.
“I had a Toradol shot almost every single game for the last 10 years of my career,” Schilling said. “It was never administered by a doctor at home or on the road. I didn’t think it was wrong.”
Major League Baseball, which investigated Reinold in 2012, send a league-wide memo on March 8, 2012, strictly prohibiting trainers from injecting Toradol, the report notes, also indicating that other trainers around baseball also were found to have been injecting players.
Schilling, who claims to have had more than 300 Toradol shots over his career, recounted one episode that demonstrated the powerful effects of the drug that has come under fire for its possibly dangerous side effects.
“I slept on a pillow wrong,” Schilling told Yahoo! Sports. “I woke up at 5:30 [a.m.]. I couldn’t move my head. I went to the ballpark at 6:30 for a 1:30 [p.m.] game. Worked for four hours on it. I literally couldn’t move my head. I went to the bullpen and started throwing and I didn’t think there was any way I could pitch.
“Then the Toradol kicked in. I threw a one-hitter and struck out 17.”
|Clay Buchholz moved back, Tim Wakefield again steps into the fold||06.05.11 at 12:11 pm ET|
In a precautionary move to allow his back more time to let his back settle down, Red Sox manager Terry Francona announced Sunday morning that Clay Buchholz will be moved back two days and will next pitch on Friday against the Blue Jays. Tim Wakefield will take Buchholz’s spot in the rotation and will pitch Wednesday against the Yankees.
“Buch’s going to pitch Friday in Toronto,” Francona said. “Wake will pitch Wednesday. Just give Buch a chance to back up a couple of days, let him start his five-day cycle two days late. Think that will do him a little bit of good.”
Buchholz said following Friday’s start that he was concerned that his back was about to act up on him while he was pitching and didn’t want to injure himself. The righthander labored through 4 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits, six runs – five earned – while walking two and striking out five. He never found his rhythm, throwing 99 pitches and not getting through the fifth, causing pitching coach Curt Young to visit him on the mound several times during the game.
“His back was sore, he had battled that for a little while,” Francona said. “His last outing, I don’t think it actually interfered with his pitching, besides the fact I think he was holding back at times. Even when he warmed up, Curt was like, ‘You know what, it looks likes he reaching.’ Buch owned up to that, saying, ‘You know, it didn’t hurt but I thought it was going to hurt.’ We’ve all been there. So, rather than keep going like that, because it’s hard to pitch successfully that way, give him a couple of extra days and I’ll betcha it’ll really help him.”
Buchholz said he was looking forward to making his next start on Wednesday in New York before Sunday’s announcement.
“I’m sure he did,” Francona said. “It’s fun to do that. It’s a great place to pitch, the atmosphere but I think he understands and he knows it’s in his best interest.”
Francona then sat down Saturday with with the Red Sox starter, pitching coach Curt Young and trainer Mike Reinold to determine the smartest course of action.
“Talked to him a bunch, tried to get a feel for where he was,” Francona added. “Then Curt and I talked to Mike Reinold a little bit and then went back and talked to Buch and I just think it makes sense.”
|Adrian Gonzalez goes 3-for-4 for Red Sox||02.24.11 at 9:17 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — In his third day of testing the surgically repaired labrum in his right shoulder, Adrian Gonzalez hit off a batting tee for approximately 10 minutes on Thursday.
With trainer Mike Reinold looking on, he increased his load up to 35 swings just before 8 a.m. after starting out with 20 on Monday and 30 on Tuesday. Gonzalez took Wednesday off in what Red Sox manager Terry Francona termed was a “re-gen” day to let it rest and see how it responded after two straight days.
Hitting coach Dave Magadan, who observed his swings earlier in the week, was busy watching Jarrod Saltalamacchia also hit off a tee, a sign the Red Sox aren’t overly concerned about Gonzalez’s mechanics or his work load.
Gonzalez told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford he felt comfortable and reassured with his first swing on Monday and has made progress ever since.
Francona, who said he has been very impressed with Gonzalez’s work ethic, has not placed a specific timetable on his return to live batting practice or participation in spring training games.
Gonzalez first felt pain in his right shoulder last May with the Padres and managed to play through the pain and finished with 160 games played, a .298 average with 31 homers and 101 RBIs.
|Wanted: Healthy Pitching for October||09.22.08 at 7:19 am ET|
The Red Sox are on the threshold of their fifth playoff appearance in six years. With a magic number of one, the only question is whether the team will enter October as the A.L. East winner (resulting in a likely first-round matchup with the White Sox, barring an incredible comeback by the Twins) or the wild card (Angels).
The Angels are obviously a better team than either of the clubs in the Central, and the Sox improve their odds ever so slightly if they have an extra game at Fenway (where they enjoy a robust 52-22 record, .702) as opposed to on the road (39-42, .481). Even so, there is little question that the identity of the Sox’ opponent is less important than the issue of the shape of the club–particularly the pitching staff–when it enters the postseason.
The Sox seem likely to spend much of this week giving their pitchers just enough work to allow them to maintain their feel for their pitches, while limiting their workloads to ensure that the members of the staff will feel as strong as possible as they enter the season’s seventh month (more accurately, given this year’s trip to Japan, the eighth month).
All teams, of course, understand the importance of setting up their pitching staffs for the postseason. But the Sox consider their ability to keep their pitchers healthy for the long term a crucial competitive advantage.
Under the current front office, the team has worked closely with Dr. James Andrews to do everything in its power to keep pitchers healthy and productive for the long term. The team employs Mike Reinold, a highly regarded Andrews protegee, as its assistant trainer.
This article offers some tantalizing details (to the degree possible for team practices that are guarded more closely than nuclear codes) about some of the work that the Red Sox and Reinold are doing to keep their pitchers at a peak performance level. The most interesting morsel comes in the mention of the team’s emphasis on “pathomechanics.” (I could try to explain, but would do a worse job than article author Chuck Salter, so I’ll encourage you to read the story.)
At any rate, given the team’s emphasis on pitcher health, it seems unlikely that the Sox would place a greater value on a potentially futile run at a division crown than on the fitness of their hurlers for the start of the postseason next week. That will render much of the following week, as the Sox wrap up their regular season, a formality.
But not all of it. There will, of course, be the matter of a celebratory shower at Fenway this week.
Of course, that may raise its own dilemmas. A year ago, Jonathan Papelbon introduced his dancing ambitions to the world with his “Riverdance” on the day that the Sox clinched the A.L. East. Now, in a season when their closer has made clear his ambitions to one day hit the celebrity dancing circuit, the Sox will no doubt need to monitor Papelbon’s festivity as closely as they do his shoulder strength.
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