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BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen said he's been bothered recently by soreness in his right forearm after allowing five runs without retiring a batter in Boston's 9-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night at Fenway Park.
"Something in my forearm," Delcarmen said in describing the injury. "It's been sore for a week. It's been getting better every day, but I'm having trouble getting extension on the ball. I'll see how the day off [Thursday] goes and we'll see on Friday."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said after the game that Delcarmen would be examined in the coming days before a decision is made whether to place him on the disabled list.
"He's been fighting it a little bit," Francona said. "A couple of first-pitch fastballs [Wednesday] and all of a sudden it's first and third before he can even take a breath. His velocity is still pretty good, that last little bit is bothering him. We'll talk it through. We have a day off tomorrow, so we'll see."
Delcarmen came into Wednesday's game to start the eighth inning with the Sox trailing 3-1. He gave up four hits and a walk to the five batters he faced, all of whom scored.
"I sucked," he said. "Coming in 3-1, I feel like if I felt normal and could throw 100 percent, I'll take the ball whenever Tito gives it to me. I'm stubborn sometimes and shouldn't take it at times, but I'll go out there and compete. I was leaving the ball over the plate and couldn't throw my off-speed for strikes."
Delcarmen has allowed 11 of the last 14 batters he's faced to reach base in his last three outings. In his last two outings, he's allowed nine runs in one inning.
Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox and Bruins for ESPNBoston.com.