Red Sox using off days to deal with nagging injuries
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Boston Red Sox have a few more days off before they open their playoff race Friday afternoon.
After tying for the best record in the majors, they will play either the Cleveland Indians or the Tampa Bay Rays at home in the first game of the AL division series.
"Were really just taking care of ourselves. I think the biggest thing here is trying to get guys healthy, guys getting in the training room, nagging injuries. At this point in time everybody is fighting injuries and stuff they can get treatment on. These days will get us a little more healthy than we ended up,” Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy said.
They must decide whether to keep 10 or 11 pitchers for the best-of-five series. They also must finalize their rotation.
The Red Sox won't know their opponent until Wednesday night's wild-card game in Cleveland between the Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays . Boston manager John Farrell says the opponent could affect the roster composition, but not the rotation.
The Red Sox had Monday off and planned three days of workouts, with a simulated game on Wednesday.
"In one of the three days to try to get some, or as close to game speed as we can reproduce here. Certainly we can’t reproduce any kind of environment that other teams going through a normal game will experience. But it’s also a chance for our players that are dealing with some things from a physical standpoint to get ahead of them as best possible. I know by Friday this group will be chomping at the bit to get on the field,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said.
This story contains reporting from the Associated Press.