BOSTON -- Less than 24 hours later and Red Sox manager Terry Francona still couldn’t believe Friday’s game lasted just over two hours.
The official time of the game was 2:07 and it ended in a 3-2 victory over the Orioles. When Francona met with the local media this afternoon, a beat writer jokingly asked if Tim Wakefield could pitch again on Sunday because he wanted to make his evening tee time.
“Who do we have? Lackey. He’ll be all right. Daisuke’s not pitching, you’ll be all right,” Francona said with a smile.
“That was unbelievable,” added Francona. “I don’t think any of us knew how to act. It just didn’t seem like, it felt like you were missing something and we’ve got Papelbon in the sixth inning. It was weird. Both guys were throwing strikes and working quick, it was great.”
With such a quick game on Friday, it’s a safe bet tonight’s game Baltimore will last four-plus hours.
Francona did have a few injury updates to discuss.
* Team physician Dr. Thomas Gill read the MRI of Red Sox right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen and it showed no structural damage. The discomfort he’s been experiencing for the last week or so is muscular. If he continues to improve, he should be able to throw a pair of bullpen sessions on Friday and Sunday before the All-Star break, according to Francona.
* Outfielder Jeremy Hermida (ribs) hit off a tee today “pretty aggressively” and felt really good. It’s likely he’ll be cleared to take live BP on Wednesday in Tampa. “He’s doing pretty well,” Francona said.
* After being a game-time scratch on Friday, outfielder Mike Cameron is back in the lineup today and batting eighth. “He felt terrible [Friday] night,” Francona said. “We asked him to [not play] and we’d rather do that than come out in the first inning. He showed up today and he feels really good.”
* Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz (hamstring) played catch on flat ground today and has yet to throw his bullpen session. The right-hander is still scheduled to start either Monday or Tuesday in Tampa. “If he pitches on Monday, he’ll have to be as close to 100 percent as he can be," said Francona. "We’re going to run him through some more [tests] and if he doesn’t pass, we’re not going to pitch him if we’re not completely sure.”