Wells could make next start despite bruise


BOSTON (AP) – Red Sox left-hander David Wells might not miss a turn in the rotation despite leaving his last start after taking a line drive off his knee, Boston manager Terry Francona said.

“I think there’s an outside chance he can start” as scheduled on Wednesday, Francona said. “I think there’s a better chance his start gets pushed back a day or so.”

Francona said an MRI showed nothing more than a bruise. Wells will be re-examined this weekend.

The 43-year-old Wells has pitched just twice this year, starting the season on the disabled list and going back on with a sprained right knee after an April 12 start in which he gave up seven runs in four-plus innings. In his comeback, he left in the fifth inning when Travis Lee lined one off the same knee.

Wells reached for the inside of his knee and fell while wincing in pain. He then rolled over onto his front side.

Wells was at the ballpark on Saturday before the game but not available for comment.

“He’s sore, real sore,” Francona said. “He’s bouncing around on crutches.”

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