Bonser to have shoulder examined Friday

Bonser to have shoulder examined Friday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox right-hander Boof Bonser, who has been hit hard in both of his Minor League rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, will be examined by Boston's medical staff before Friday's game at Fenway Park.

Bonser was tagged for five hits and nine runs over two innings on Tuesday, and mentioned that he had trouble getting loose. Though that is cause for concern for any pitcher, it is especially true in Bonser's case, considering he had his labrum and rotator cuff operated on last year. Bonser also had a right groin injury late in Spring Training.

"Yeah, he had a hard time getting loose," said manager Terry Francona. "We're going to bring him back Friday and let him get examined by [trainer] Mikey [Reinold] and the doctors, just to make sure that everything is OK. He just looked like he was having a tough time. I didn't see the game, but we'll have him get looked at on Friday."

Another pitcher who is still pitching for Pawtucket is lefty reliever Alan Embree, who signed a Minor League deal to return to the Red Sox on March 20. After not allowing a run in his first two outings for the PawSox, Embree took a step back on Monday, walking four batters and allowing three runs over one-third of an inning. Embree can become a free agent if Boston doesn't put him on the Major League roster by Thursday. There were indications that Embree will agree to stay with Pawtucket for a few more weeks so the Red Sox can have a little longer to evaluate him.

"I think [general manager] Theo [Epstein] is continuing to talk," Francona said. "I know there's a date that's coming up. That's something I'm not necessarily supposed to be involved in, but I'm sure they're doing some talking."

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.