Bonser to get shoulder tests

MINNEAPOLIS -- Red Sox right-hander Boof Bonser, who pitched poorly in a start Tuesday at Triple-A Pawtucket, is scheduled to go to Boston on Friday to have his right shoulder checked, manager Terry Francona said Wednesday.

Bonser, who is only 14 months removed from reconstructive shoulder surgery, allowed nine runs in two innings, throwing only 50 pitches after being scheduled to throw 90. Bonser, ostensibly on the DL because of a groin strain, was given extra time to build up more shoulder strength, but there were troubling signs Tuesday that led the Red Sox to summon him to Boston.

"He had a hard time getting loose,'' Francona said. "We're going to bring him back Friday and have him examined by Mike [Reinold, the trainer and shoulder specialist] and the doctors to make sure he is OK. He wasn't complaining, but he looked like he was having a tough time.

"He was pulling his pitches way to the right.''

Gordon Edes is ESPNBoston.com's Red Sox reporter. He covered the Red Sox for 12 years and has reported on baseball for 25 years. Ask a question for his next mailbag here.