Righty reliever Nelson might retire

Righty reliever Nelson might retire

BOSTON -- With Jonathan Papelbon back on the roster on Friday, the Red Sox designated veteran righty Joe Nelson for assignment. Nelson (9.72 ERA in eight outings) admitted he knew the move was coming because of his ineffectiveness. Most recently, he gave up a grand slam to Travis Hafner in Wednesday night's loss.

"I was sitting in my chair pretty much the whole day waiting for Tito to come grab me," said Nelson. "I told him I would have done it two days ago. He was like, 'It's disappointing.' They like me as a person and like the way I go about my business, but it's about results. It's a results-oriented game, and I didn't throw good. I saw it coming. You hope it doesn't and if you don't perform, they'll find somebody who will."

The 35-year-old Nelson, a Minor League veteran who has also made 157 appearances in the Majors, said that his career might be over.

"I've got a flight at 7:15, and I'm going to Florida and in all likelihood, if I clear waivers, I've probably thrown my last pitch," Nelson said. "I don't anticipate myself going back to Pawtucket, but that's emotion talking right now and we'll probably reanalyze it when I'm not as disappointed. I had every opportunity and I didn't produce. The thought of going to Triple-A doesn't sound that great. We'll wait and see what options present themselves."