MINNEAPOLIS -- If the Red Sox win Wednesday night's series finale against the Twins, they might have to do so without their dominant 1-2 punch of closer Jonathan Papelbon and setup man Daniel Bard.
Definitively, Papelbon is unavailable after working in the last three games. Bard pitched in three of the previous four days. Matt Albers, another key setup man this season, has also pitched three times in the last four days.
"When we go out, we'll give it a check," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. "We want to see how these guys are doing. If they're not perfect, we might just suck it up and not pitch them and do the best we can."