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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Cherington addresses medical changes

By Gordon Edes

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington addressed the changes that have taken place the last two years in the team's medical staff, which in recent years has been roiled by internal divisions that had ripple effects on the clubhouse and the front office.

The Red Sox cut ties with medical director Thomas Gill, who had served in that capacity for seven years, after the 2011 season, then after last season dismissed physical therapist Mike Reinold, who, multiple sources told ESPNBoston.com, had clashed repeatedly with Gill and some players during his tenure here. At one point, Gill had been fired by then-GM Theo Epstein and replaced by Reinold as medical director, but owner John W. Henry immediately countermanded that arrangement, according to sources. Dr. Larry Ronan, the team's internist since 2005, is the new medical director.

"As everyone knows, we've gone through quite a bit of change the last two years," Cherington said Saturday. "It's really been a two-year process of reorganizing the medical staff. This offseason was Year 2 of two years. It was all done with the intent of not just putting the most talented group together, but a group that worked together seamlessly and put the players first, and earned the players' trust and developed credibility with the players.

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