Wakefield OK after taking liner off shin

Wakefield OK after taking liner off shin

ANAHEIM -- Red Sox right-hander Tim Wakefield took a line drive off his right shin and suffered a deep bone contusion during the fifth inning of Thursday night's 13-4 Boston loss to the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Wakefield was sent for X-rays at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, which turned out to be negative, defraying the team's deepest fears.

"It's not fractured," Wakefield said before limping out of the clubhouse without the aid of crutches. "I've got to go get treatment. Keep it elevated."

Asked how much time he might miss, Wakefield added: "I don't know. I can't answer that question right now. I'll see how I feel tomorrow. I get an extra day off anyway. I'm planning on trying to make my next start."

The Red Sox have an off-day Monday after the conclusion of the current four-game series against the Angels and Wakefield wouldn't be slated to start again until Thursday night at Kansas City.

It certainly could've been worse. Casey Kotchman, who had homered off Wakefield in the second inning, came up during the Angels' six-run fifth with runners on first and third and one out. He hammered a shot at Wakefield, who was knocked to the ground on the run-scoring infield single. The knuckleballer immediately came out of the game.

The Red Sox have had a succession of injuries to starters this season. Matt Clement, Friday night's projected starter against John Lackey, was struck in the face by a line drive on July 26, but made his next start two days after it was originally scheduled. Wade Miller is currently on the disabled list with stiffness in his right shoulder. David Wells was on the disabled list in April because of a right foot sprain.

And Curt Schilling is being used as a closer right now after missing almost three months recovering from offseason surgery on his right foot. General manager Theo Epstein said before the game that there is no plan right now to put Schilling back in the starting rotation.

Boston Manager Terry Francona declined to address a "Plan B" if the 12-10 Wakefield isn't able to make his next start.

"There's no sense in even dealing with that right now," Francona said. "Hopefully he'll show up tomorrow and be a lot better. He has a way of bouncing back. That's the hallmark of our team. When things don't look very good we have a way of bouncing back as good as any team I've ever seen. When there's adversity that's when I think we play our best."

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.