Red Sox owner voices support for manager Valentine
BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox owner John Henry is backing Bobby Valentine in his first season as manager while Boston hovers around the .500 mark.
Henry said on 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.