Fossum Lands on Disabled List

Posted Jun 11, 2003

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Casey Fossum left Saturday night's game with discomfort in his pitching shoulder after lasting just one inning. Today he was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career. But there is some good news for Red Sox fans: Pedro Martinez took Fossum's roster spot and will start Wednesday night's game against the Cardinals.

Apparently, Fossum (4-4, 5.76) has been having trouble with the shoulder for nearly three weeks, but not during a game until this past weekend. "It wasn't bothering me during the games. It just was taking me a couple of days to recover," Fossum said.

Now the 25-year old will be looking at a minimum fifteen days of recovery. Fossum has never had arm or shoulder problems. "Hopefully, it's just a little case of tendonitis that some rest will take care of," manager Grady Little said.

With Fossum on the DL, Byung-Hyun Kim will remain in the rotation. Kim has started and pitched in relief since being acquired from Arizona. Either Bronson Arroyo or Ryan Rupe, Pawtucket's top two starters, could soon be recalled to bolster the pitching staff.

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