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Monday, May 16, 2011
Scutaro hopes to begin baseball activity

By Steven Krasner

BOSTON -- Infielder Marco Scutaro, who was placed on the disabled list on May 8 because of a left oblique strain, said he was hoping to be able to take some swings Monday after a week without baseball-related activity.

Scutaro was examined as rain fell at Fenway Park late Monday afternoon. He said he had done a little cardio work or leg work since going on the DL. The Sox didn’t want him to do anything of a rotational nature to his oblique for fear of further injuring the muscle and lengthening his stay on the sideline.

Scutaro said he was feeling less sensitive to the touch, but has been advised to go slowly in recovering from the injury.

“They said if [I] hurt it again and you mess it up, it could be two months,” said Scutaro.

Manager Terry Francona had very little news to report. This is what came from his media briefing:

* The team arrived from New York in the wee hours Monday, so the Red Sox did not have to report to the park as early as usual. They had to be ready for batting practice at 5 o’clock for the 7:10 game.

* Reliever Scott Atchison, who is on the Pawtucket roster, was spotted in the Boston clubhouse Monday. Francona said that there was a “miscommunication,” then said he was at Fenway “picking something up” and that there was no roster move to announce.

In other Sox-related news, color analyst Jerry Remy is expected back behind the NESN microphone for the first time since April 26. Remy was out with pneumonia.