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Matt Barnes downplays hip injury

Rob Bradford
September 08, 2018 - 2:35 pm

Matt Barnes didn't seem overly concerned. It would sure help the Red Sox' peace of mind if he's right.

The relief pitcher met with the media prior to his team's game against the Astros to offer an update on the left hip injury that has him sidelined.

"We're at the point where we don't want to hurt it anymore," Barnes said. "I don't think that's fair to the team to go out there and to be pitching at anything less myself or the team thinks I'm capable of. This team anticipates playing and expects to play all the way until the World Series and I think right now our focus is on making sure I'm healthy enough where I can go out there and pitch three days in a row."

Barnes last pitched Monday, throwing a scoreless inning in Atlanta. He explained that the issue has been lingering for about 1 1/2 weeks, impacting the front side of his delivery. While his last two outings have been clean, the previous pair saw him give up six runs over 1 1/3 innings.

"I'm definitely confident. We're doing everything we can right now. It should be alright," he said. "It's one of those things where rest is definitely going to help and we're doing alright now. We're doing a good job with the guys upstairs that we're taking the appropriate measures. As soon as they deem that I'm good enough and I feel comfortable with it then that's when I'll be back."

Without Barnes, Red Sox manager Alex Cora explained that the late innings are going to be managed a bit differently, trying to match up more with the likes of Joe Kelly, Heath Hembree and Ryan Brasier.

"They do feel that with rest, he’s going to feel better, and he’s going to be feeling better in the long run," said Cora of Barnes, who hasn't received a cortisone shot as of yet. "I guess we’ll stay with that as of now and see how he reacts to it and then we’ll see if we have to do something else."

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