FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington hopes a reorganized medical staff leads to less controversy about injuries.
Former closer Jonathan Papelbon, who left after the 2011 season, told ESPNBoston.com last weekend that he and several of his former teammates were regularly injected with the legal painkiller Toradol, an anti-inflammatory drug that is not banned by Major League Baseball. Papelbon singled out Mike Reinold, Boston's former head physical therapist.
Twenty-seven Boston players spent time on the disabled list in 34 stints last year, the most by any team since at least 1987, according to STATS LLC.
Reinold was let go by the Red Sox after last season. Dr. Thomas Gill, the Red Sox medical director for seven seasons, departed after 2011 in the reorganization and Dr. Peter Asnis was promoted head team orthopedist after being with the club a team physician since 2005