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Foulke to undergo arthroscopic procedure Thursday

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke was put on
the 15-day disabled list Wednesday and will have arthroscopic
surgery on his left knee.

Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said Foulke, who has
struggled this season, will have surgery Thursday in Boston. The
pitcher had both of his knees examined by doctors Wednesday after
returning home.
Manager Terry Francona, who was not available when the move was
announced before Boston's series finale at Texas, said earlier this
week that Foulke's left knee has been bothering him "for years.
For a while."
Foulke, who closed out all four games of Boston's World Series
sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals last October, has a 5-5 record
with a 6.23 ERA and 15 saves in 37 appearances.
In Foulke's last game, Texas scored twice in the ninth inning
for a 6-5 victory Monday night. It was his second blown save in a
week, and fourth of the season. He gave up a ninth-inning grand
slam against Cleveland in Fenway Park last week.
The Red Sox purchased the contract of right-hander Scott Cassidy
from Triple-A Pawtucket. Cassidy was 6-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 25
minor league appearances.
Mike Timlin needed just six pitches -- all strikes -- in the ninth
inning Tuesday night to close out Boston's 7-4 victory at Texas.
Francona also has Alan Embree in the bullpen, and starting ace
Curt Schilling could soon help in that role. Schilling was
scheduled to pitch an inning in relief Thursday night for
Pawtucket, and the Red Sox plan to use him as a reliever while he
works his way back from an ankle injury.
The Red Sox signed Foulke in the wake of their meltdown in
Yankee Stadium in the 2003 playoffs, giving him a contract that
could pay him $26.5 million over four seasons. He earned it last
year, when he was 5-3 with 32 saves and a 2.17 ERA and the Red Sox
won their first World Series title since 1918.