Red Sox owner backing Valentine despite woes
Injuries have been a big problem for Boston
The Associated Press
BOSTON — Red Sox owner John Henry is backing Bobby Valentine in his first season as manager while Boston hovers around the .500 mark.
Henry said Monday that management is not making a managerial change, and he cited numerous injuries as one reason for the team's struggles.
In an email to reporters, Henry said that it is "simply wrong" to blame Valentine for the team's troubles, and "we all" share responsibility. He also said there has been no lack of effort by players.
The Red Sox have spent most of the season in last place in the AL East and have never been in first or second. A total of 23 players have spent 27 stints on the disabled list, both the highest on the team since 1971. Boston's 23 players on the disabled list are the most in baseball this year. San Diego and Washington are tied for second with 19.
"A lot has been written about injuries to key players this year," Henry wrote. "The impact of that on the Sox this year should not be discounted."
First-year general manager Ben Cherington also voiced support for Valentine.
"Bobby's our manager, and we're not looking at anyone else," Cherington said before the game Monday night. "He's as committed to managing the team as he ever has been, and we're committed to him and trying to do everything we can to support him and make this work."
• Three-time All-Star Evan Longoria is set to return to Tampa Bay's lineup Tuesday after being sidelined more three months with a partially torn left hamstring.
• White Sox pitcher John Danks had surgery on his left shoulder, and the team expects him to be ready for the start of spring training.
• The Twins have recalled infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka from AAA Rochester. He batted .284 in 84 games at Rochester.
• The Royals have allowed left-handed reliever Jose Mijares to leave for the Giants on a waiver claim and have recalled left-hander Francisley Bueno from AAA Omaha. • The Mets say left-hander Tim Byrdak has a torn anterior capsule in his shoulder. Byrdak leads the league with 56 appearances and 2-2 4.40 ERA in 30-2/3 innings.
• Major League Baseball has denied the Angels' protest of a baserunning ruling in their 8-6, 10-inning loss at the White Sox on Friday night.
• Catcher Wil Nieves was claimed by Arizona off waivers from Colorado. Arizona placed Henry Blanco on the 15-day disabled list due to a sprained left thumb.
• Todd Helton's worst season of his career is over. The Rockies say their first baseman will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. A career .320 hitter, Helton batted just .238 this season.
• The Brewers have recalled shortstop Jean Segura from AA Huntsville. Segura was the top player acquired from the Angels in the deal for right-hander Zack Greinke.
• Cubs right-hander Matt Garza has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow problem.