Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson likely headed to disabled list, 'not real happy' about the decision'

Rob Bradford
May 13, 2015 - 10:53 am

OAKLAND -- It looks like the Red Sox' starting rotation will finally have a different look. After Justin Masterson's second straight poor outing, John Farrell said it is likely the righty will be headed to the 15-day disabled list. "We'€™re moving towards a likely DL for him," the Red Sox manager said. "After he went through a full exam and workup here this morning, the medical staff, there'€™s not one specific area to the arm or shoulder that is a cause or reason why we'€™re seeing reduced velocity and reduced action. There'€™s some fatigue that'€™s involved. I think it'€™s important that we allow this to calm down. We'€™re going to need the test at a full speed at some point in the near future here, but Sunday is out as far as Masterson is concerned. We haven'€™t made a determination who that'€™s going to be on Sunday but by the time we open up tomorrow night in Seattle, that will all be resolved." It is probable that Steven Wright be taking the start Sunday, contingent on how he came through his 5 2/3-inning, 110-pitch relief appearance. Masterson lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs, Tuesday night against the A's, necessitating Wright's outing. That came after the starter's previous outing in which he gave up four runs and seven walks in 4 1/3 frames. The pitcher said prior to Wednesday's series finale he was not pleased with the team's "I'm not real happy about it. I'm mad," Masterson said. "Like I said [Tuesday night], I hold true -- just the fact that I felt like we could make the adjustment and get back out there and really be fine. It didn't happen. It comes a time with this team when we're starting to pick it up, but it's one of those where if we're doing great, I probably get a little more leeway. The last two starts have been different than the first five. I can't deny that fact. By all means, as I told [Farrell], I'm not real happy about the decision."