A happy and healthy offseason

January, 20, 2011
BOSTON -- After an insurmountable plague of injuries to key players of the Boston Red Sox in 2010, manager Terry Francona has been updated throughout the offseason on the health of his roster. Almost daily, he is given medical reports on the likes of Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, his pitching staff and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez.

Youkilis, who was limited to 102 games due to a thumb injury, would have been healthy enough to play in the postseason had the Red Sox made the playoffs last October. Since they didn't, he was able to get a jumpstart on his offseason routine.

Because both Youkilis and Francona remain in Boston during the winter, they have seen each other often.

“He’s been fine,” Francona said.

Pedroia broke his foot during interleague play in June and was limited to only 75 games. After he attempted to come back late in the season, it became clear that the injury wasn't fully healed and he was forced to have season-ending surgery.

“I know Pedey is doing terrific,” Francona said.

Gonzalez had offseason shoulder surgery, and even though he’ll be behind schedule once spring training begins, the Red Sox aren’t about to push him. The good news is that the slugging first baseman recently began throwing.

“I don’t know Adrian very well, so I’ve tried every so often to hit him with a ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ But I get stuff from our medical people every day, so I know.”

Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz was shut down the final weekend of the 2010 season due to back stiffness. The right-hander said Thursday afternoon that he's 100 percent healthy, feeling strong and ready for spring training.

Joe McDonald

ESPN Staff Writer



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